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Daily Grain Network Status – November 22, 2021 NOV 23 2021 | Producers | Blog Post

(Regular updates will be available on the Alberta Pulse Growers website.)

Pulse Canada and the CSCA are partners of the Ag Transport Coalition (ATC)*, which tracks performance of the Canadian railway network for the movement of grain.

A new grain network status report has been created to provide stakeholders with comprehensive insight on the performance of the Canadian rail system for the 2020-2021 grain year. The report provides information and data on the status of the rail network as of midnight the previous day.

The railway performance data reported in these reports reflect the performance of rail shipments specifically for grain shippers participating in the Ag Transport Coalition’s railway performance measurement program – estimated to encompass approximately 90-95% of western Canadian originated grain shipments by rail.

November 22, 2021: Report Synopsis

Loads on Wheels

Average daily loads on wheels declined yesterday for both railways yet remaining above the 8,300 car threshold where they have been for more than a week.

We note the CN reduction in loads on wheels is likely overstated by about 200 cars due to lagging data pertaining to Prince Rupert unloads.

Cars Not Moving

System idle car counts declined marginally yesterday but remain above 5,500 cars.

The nominal decline reflects a slight decline for CN offset in part by higher counts for CP

Port Unloads

West coast unloads (421) reflect no unloads at Vancouver and 2 days worth of unloads at Prince Rupert due to lagging unload data with actual unloads yesterday at 200.

Thunder Bay unloads (426) bounced back nicely yesterday following a below average day on Sunday.

For more information, go to* The Ag Transportation Coalition is comprised of the Canadian Canola Growers Association (CCGA), Alberta Wheat Commission (AWC), Pulse Canada, Manitoba Pulse Growers Association (MPGA), Western Grain Elevator Association (WGEA), Saskatchewan Wheat Development Commission, Inland Terminal Association of Canada (ITAC) and the Canadian Special Crops Association (CSCA). All daily network status reports are available on the Pulse Canada website.