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Daily Grain Network Status – November 9, 2021 NOV 10 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 9, 2021: Report Synopsis

Loads on Wheels

  • System loads on wheels held steady yesterday at slightly more than 8,400 cars and continue to track at last week’s pace as we approach the mid point of week 15.
  • Yesterday’s decline reflects a significant uptick for CN offset by an equally large decline for CP.

Cars Not Moving

  • System idle car counts continue to nudge up – now approaching 1,800 cars.
  • The gradual uptick over the early part of this week now has average daily idle car counts tracking slightly higher than last week at this juncture.

Port Unloads

  • West coast unloads (929) bounced back yesterday reflecting higher unloads reported at both west coast ports.
  • Thunder Bay unloads (271) dipped slightly from the recent torrid pace and now trail the pace set last week.

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.