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Daily Grain Network Status – July 24, 2022 JUL 25 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.

July 24, 2022: Report Synopsis

Loads on Wheels

System loads on wheels improved week over week last week averaging slightly less than 5,000 car per day – the 2nd highest level seen in the last two months.

We begin week 52 of the 2021-2022 grain year with declines in loads on wheels for both railways yesterday but with system loads on wheels above the 5,000 car mark for 4 straight days.

Cars Not Moving

Other than week 50, the trend for system idle car counts has been straight up over the last 8 weeks with last week (985 cars per day) the second highest level seen in 2+ months.

Week 52 begins with another increase, driven by CP, keeping system counts above the 1,000 car threshold for the 3rd straight day.

Port Unloads

The last three weeks have seen the highest level of west coast unloads over the last two months with last week at 403 cars per day the second best week over that time.
Thunder Bay unloads have been moving in the opposite direction declining last week to the lowest level seen in two months averaging only 106 cars per 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.