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Daily Grain Network Status – March 1, 2023 MAR 2 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.

March 1, 2023: Report Synopsis

Loads on Wheels

Little change in system loads on wheels yesterday remaining north of 9,000 cars for the third consecutive day.

A tale of two railways once again yesterday with CP loads on wheels declining modestly after three straight days of increase while CN wheels increased yesterday on the heels of two days of notable declines.

Cars N
ot Moving

Another day of increase in system idle car counts now having doubled over the last 48 hours and returning above 1,600 cars – where we were at this time last week.

CP driving the increase again with counts now north of 1,300 cars – 82% of the system total.  CN saw counts decline, reversing the increase seen a day ago.

Port Unloads

West coast unloads (1,016) back above the 1,000 car threshold for the first time in four days with improved unloads at Vancouver offset by lower unloads at Prince Rupert.

Seemingly some relief from the recent rain and snow in Vancouver yesterday although with high precipitation levels at Prince Rupert yesterday possibly impacting unloads.

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.