The Ag Transport Coalition numbers paint a reasonably bleek picture of grain movement to this point.
Weyburn area farmer, Jake Leguee is Vice President of SaskWheat and is anxious by the numbers he’s seeing.
The ATC numbers current CN and CP outfitted a blended 57 per cent of hopper vehicles ordered in Grain Week 24.
Leguee says there was a drop in grain movement following the flooding in BC, which was to be anticipated, however it is weeks later, and we’re not seeing rather a lot enchancment.
“You already know , you form of have to ask the question. Why are they nonetheless having rather a lot problem getting grain moved? Yeah, we now have had some bitter chilly, and that kind of issue, nevertheless thats regular winter stuff. I really feel that they have to be able to cope with that.”
He says the issue that’s most irritating about all of that’s we had a small crop.
“We anticipate complete metric tonnes hauled to be down, nevertheless vehicle order success. I suggest, this might have been a yr for them to do very effectively on that, even with the flood. The crop that Western Canada produced was not huge. There’s no motive they shouldn’t be able to maintain with functionality, even with all the alternative challenges that they’re coping with.”
He says railway effectivity is stunningly harmful, and the state of affairs is resulting in a backlog on the ports, to the aim the place there’s not enough space throughout the harbour.
“In order that ought to tell us one factor concerning the reality that the railways aren’t sustaining with what exporters are demanding from Canada. The demurrage costs at this stage have gotten to be utterly astronomical. And everyone knows that these costs in the end will work your technique by the system down our technique. So, you already know, a method or one different we’re paying for this.”
In accordance with the Weekly Effectivity Exchange from the Ag Transport Coalition:
CN order success effectivity has now declined for six consecutive weeks, from 68% in week 19 to the 24% seen in week 24. In addition to, CN has now failed to provide shippers with a minimal of 80% of vehicles ordered on time for 9 consecutive weeks. CP observed rather a lot improved effectivity this week in supplying 83% of shipper orders for week 24 on time – an enchancment from decrease than 60% in each of the sooner three weeks and above the 80% threshold for the first time in 8 weeks. CN and CP blended will enter week 25 with 3,220 wonderful vehicles – a web 9% decline (-301) from the three,521 vehicles wonderful on the end of ultimate week. The change throughout the wonderful vehicle rely represents a decrease throughout the number of wonderful hopper vehicles on every CN by (-70) and CP by (-231), respectively.