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Week 42 CGC Statistics

Cliff Jamieson
By  Cliff Jamieson , Canadian Grains Analyst
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Week 42 Canadian Grain Commission statistics show prairie elevator stocks falling to 2.361 million metric tons, the lowest since reported since Week 4, but still well-above average. (DTN photo by Elaine Shein)

Week 42 cumulative producer deliveries of all grains into licensed handing facilities total 46.393 million metric tons, a record volume for this period which is 6.6% higher than the same period in 2015/16 and 17.8% higher than the five-year average for this period. While cumulative deliveries of wheat are over a million metric tons behind the same period in 2015/16, producers have delivered 1.6 mmt more canola, 1.3 mmt more peas, 410,900 metric tons more lentils and 372,300 mt more soybeans in the first 42 weeks.

Shipments from primary elevators as of week 42 total 37.805 mmt (all grains), which is 5.5% higher than the same period in 2015/16 and 16.9% higher than the five-year average. This movement has resulted in primary elevator stocks falling for the ninth consecutive week to 2.361 mmt, the lowest seen since Week 4, or the week ending Aug. 28. This volume is 8.2% higher than the same period last year, while 17.4% higher than the five-year average. This volume represents 32.5% of the reported storage capacity on the Prairies, while represents 50% of the estimated prairie working capacity as utilized by Quorum Corporation's Grain Monitoring Program.

Licensed exports are reported at 34.33 mmt as of week 42, .9% higher than the same week last year and 15.6% higher than the five-year average. While cumulative wheat exports are over 2 mmt behind last year's pace and durum is 441,700 mt behind, year-to-date gains have been achieved in canola at 835,500 mt ahead of last year's pace, dry peas at 975,000 mt ahead and soybeans at 603,400 mt ahead of last year's pace. Week 42 terminal stocks, as of May 21, shows 1.2988 mmt of all grains in store western terminals (Vancouver, Prince Rupert, Churchill and Thunder Bay), just 2.3% below the previous four-week average although 23.9% higher than the five-year average for this week.

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