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Daily Grain Network Status – April 12, 2022 APR 13 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.

April 12, 2022: Report Synopsis

Loads on Wheels

Following a brief uptick the prior day, system loads on wheels resumed their downward trajectory yesterday declining for the 6th time in the last 7 days and now below 5,600 cars.

The decline yesterday is principally attributable to CP reversing the increase seen the prior day. CN loads on wheels rose slightly.

Cars Not Moving

System idle car counts declined for the second consecutive day yesterday, once again reflecting improvement for both CN and CP.

At less than 1,400 cars, we have now seen counts return to where they were a week ago.

Port Unloads

West coast unloads (234) declined 25% from the prior day reflecting lower than anticipated unloads at Vancouver and lower unloads at Prince Rupert.

Thunder Bay unloads (254) declined from the prior day but still exceeded 250 cars and continue to track ahead of last week.

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.