The chair of the Western Canadian Wheat Growers is worried about grain movement this month.
Jim Wickett said rail resources are being pushed this fall after a relatively good-sized crop and rising demand for rail services.
“I’m guessing this is going to be a top five crop for the prairies, and with that goes a lot of tonnage, so whether there’s a little lack of planning or a little bit more of an economic uptake, whichever I know the rail sources are being pushed right now,” Wickett said.
The Ag Transportation Coalition reports that in shipping week 19, CN only met 56 percent of hopper car orders, compared to CP’s 87 percent.
Wickett is disappointed the federal grain transportation legislation will not pass the senate before the Christmas break.
The legislation is designed to make the railways more accountable to grain shippers.