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Daily Grain Network Status – February 5, 2023 FEB 6 2023 | 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.

February 5, 2023: Report Synopsis

Loads on Wheels

Consistent with the trend seen throughout the week last week average daily system loads on wheels declined 8% last week averaging about 8,400 cars per day – the lowest level in 2+ months.

Both railways seeing lower volumes last week with CP averaging less than 4,000 cars per day and CN only slightly higher than that.

Cars Not Moving

While system idle car counts declined through much of last week average daily counts changed little from the prior week owing to the very high levels we saw early last week.

A similar week over week pattern seen for both railways although each saw significantly higher levels during the course of the week than are reflected in the daily average.

Port Unloads

West coast unloads averaged 1,054 cars per day last week consistent with the levels we have seen for the last month.

Thunder Bay unloads averaging less than 30 cars per day last week, in line with the prior three weeks consistent with the closure of the Seaway.

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.