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An update from Murray Hamilton

​October, 2017

As the leaves change colour and a chill enters the air here in Manitoba and across the prairies, we know one thing – harvest is upon us. This is the time of the year we at CP prepare for, and look forward to. As a grain railroad for more than 100 years, harvest is crucial to us at CP.

Through nine weeks of the crop year, we have moved 7% more grain than last year, which is a good start. September was a strong month for CP and the Canadian grain supply chain. In fact, an excellent Grain Shipping Week (GSW) 9, ending September 30, helped push CP to an all-time record for monthly Canadian grain loadings.

Harvest appears well advanced from last year and is above the five-year average.  Of course, what we don't know is how big the crop will be and how drought conditions and other factors, including snow in Alberta, will impact you and our supply chain partners. What we do know is this: we are ready to work with you to get your product to market safely and efficiently. 

Our railway and the ports are fluid. Customer load to bill times in the country and unload times at the ports are all trending in the right direction.  We are also seeing our time-to-lift (picking up loaded cars) and time-to-place (delivering cars to the ports) positively reducing as well.  Overall, the grain supply chain is operating quite well, at this point in time. 

This is the first of what will be regular updates from me, to you - our producers, shippers and supply chain partners. I look forward to talking with you again in the weeks ahead. In the meantime, if you have any questions or ideas for future notes, updates on your own harvesting efforts, or just want to say hi, drop me an email at grain_questions@cpr.ca.

Murray Hamilton
Assistant Vice-President, Sales and Marketing, Grain