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Daily Grain Network Status – March 16, 2022 MAR 17 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 16, 2022: Report Synopsis

Loads on Wheels

System loads on wheels declined yesterday returning below the 7,000 car threshold.

A nominal decline for CN yesterday and little change for CP.

Cars Not Moving

System idle car counts saw a significant jump yesterday rising above the 2,500 car threshold for the 2nd time in three days.

The increase yesterday reflects a significant jump for CP while CN counts changed little.  Averaging more than 2,300 cars per day this week counts are trending 40% higher than last week.

Port Unloads

West coast unloads (330) declined for the second straight day reflecting once again a dip in unloads at Vancouver and no unloads at Prince Rupert as expected.

Vancouver is now trending marginally behind last week while Prince Rupert continues to lag last week’s performance badly due to low shipper demand in this corridor.

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.