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Daily Grain Network Status – March 14, 2022 MAR 15 2022 | 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.

March 14, 2022: Report Synopsis

Loads on Wheels

System loads on wheels jumped notably yesterday rising above the 6,700 car threshold for the first time in six weeks.

The increase yesterday reflects nearly a 20% increase for CP while CN volumes declined slightly.  At nearly 3,400 cars on line CP volumes have risen to the highest level since early January.

Cars Not Moving

System idle car counts increased for the 3rd consecutive day rising above 2,500 cars – the highest level in six weeks.

The increase reflects higher counts for both railways in nearly equal measure.

Port Unloads

West coast unloads (497) improved from the prior day as expected with higher unloads reported for both west coast ports.

All ports including Thunder Bay are lagging last week’s unloads performance early in week 33.

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.