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Daily Grain Network Status – December 9, 2021 DEC 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.

December 9, 2021: Report Synopsis

Loads on Wheels

System loads on wheels dipped slightly yesterday falling below the 7,900 car mark.

The decline seen yesterday is driven by CN while CP volumes increased slightly although both railways continue to lag last week’s levels.

Cars Not Moving

System idle car counts continue to show progress with a notable decline yesterday having now declined for 6 straight days falling below 2,200 cars.

The improvement seen yesterday reflects lower counts for both railways although principally CP which saw counts decline by half.

Port Unloads

West coast unloads (451) declined yesterday reflecting similar unloads at Vancouver and no unloads at Prince Rupert as anticipated.

Thunder Bay unloads (327) above the 300 car threshold for the second straight day but still lagging last week by 20%.

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.