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Daily Grain Network Status – March 17, 2022 MAR 18 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 17, 2022: Report Synopsis

Loads on Wheels

System loads on wheels declined for the second straight day yesterday but remain above the 6,700 car mark for the 4th straight day.

Declines for each of CN and CP yesterday led by CP.

Cars Not Moving

System idle car counts saw nominal improvement yesterday but remain above the 2,300 car threshold.  System counts have now been above 2,000 cars every day this week and are currently trending toward the worst week in the last six.

The improvement yesterday reflects principally lower counts for CN with CP counts largely unchanged.

Port Unloads

West coast unloads (385) improved yesterday but fell short of 400 cars for the second straight day with better unloads at Vancouver and no unloads at Prince Rupert once again.

All ports continue to trend behind last week’s pace.

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.