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Daily Grain Network Status – April 21, 2022 APR 22 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 21, 2022: Report Synopsis

Loads on Wheels

System loads on wheels increased for the second straight day rising above 5,700 cars yesterday and having now increased nearly 20% from the low of 4,800 cars on line at the beginning of the week.

CN led the increase yesterday, as has been the case all week, with CN volumes increasing nearly 50% over that same time period.

Cars Not Moving

System idle car counts increased, albeit it only slightly, for the second straight day and now above 1,200 cars – largely erasing the gains made since the beginning of the week.

Higher counts for CP yesterday while CN saw counts decline modestly.

Port Unloads

West coast unloads (313) increased 50% from the prior day but remained very low with improved unloads at both ports.

Thunder Bay unloads (269) down slightly but above the 250 car mark for the 3rd straight day.

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.