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Daily Grain Network Status – December 7, 2022 DEC 8 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.

December 7, 2022: Report Synopsis

Loads on Wheels

A notable decline in system loads on wheels yesterday on the heels of two days of increases with loads on wheels once again falling below the 10,000 car threshold.

While both railways saw some decline yesterday CN was the driver with loads on wheels falling 15% (-745 cars) yesterday driving CN loads on wheels back to 4,300 cars.

Cars Not Moving

A notable bump up in system idle car counts yesterday on the heels of three straight days of improvement with counts returning north of 1,500 cars – where we were three days ago.

Both railways registering higher counts yesterday although most notably CP which saw counts rise to more than 1,000 cars once again.

Port Unloads

West coast unloads (1,204) consistent with the prior day although reflecting slightly lower unloads at Vancouver and higher unloads at Prince Rupert.

Thunder Bay unloads (357) returning above the 300 car mark for the first time in three days but still lagging last week’s pace by 12%.

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.