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Daily Grain Network Status – March 3, 2022 MAR 4 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 3, 2022: Report Synopsis

Loads on Wheels

System loads on wheels increased for the second consecutive day yesterday returning above 6,300 cars and continuing to track 13% ahead of last week at this juncture.

Notable swings for both railways yesterday with CN leading the upside (+290) and CP volumes declining (-231).  Both railways continue to track ahead of last week led by CP.

Cars Not Moving

Little change in system idle car counts yesterday with counts ticking up (+87 cars) and continuing to track some 17% ahead of last week.

The net increase seen yesterday is wholly attributable to higher counts for CN offset in part by lower counts for CP.

Port Unloads

West coast unloads (523) bounced back yesterday increasing nearly 40% from the prior day driven entirely by improved unloads at Vancouver.

Now in the back half of week 31 both ports continue to track ahead of last week’s unload levels.

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.