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Daily Grain Network Status – May 2, 2022 MAY 3 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.

May 2, 2022: Report Synopsis

Loads on Wheels

System loads on wheels declined notably yesterday falling back below 4,700 cars after a brief spike on the weekend that saw volumes climb above 5,100 cars.

The decline seen yesterday reflects lower volumes for each of CN and CP although more notably CP by roughly a 2:1 margin.

Cars Not Moving

System idle car counts declined yesterday continuing a downward trajectory on the heels of a short lived spike in counts last Friday that saw counts jump above 1,200 cars.

The improvement yesterday reflects nominal improvement for each of CN and CP.

Port Unloads

West coast unloads (428) saw a much better day yesterday as expected with improved unloads reported at both Vancouver and Prince Rupert.

Thunder Bay unloads (399) saw their best day of the current season yesterday.

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.