July 2012 Estimate of Production of Principal Field Crops, Alberta

 
 
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Agri-Food Statistics Update - Issue No.CR12-01 - August 29, 2012

Collected from a variety of sources, the Statistics and Data Development Branch monitors statistical indicators of agri-food activity for Alberta. The Agri-Food Statistics Update is designed to provide users with commentary on current issues, trends and new developments related to agriculture and the food and beverage processing industries. Up-to-date statistics are supplemented with informative charts and diagrams. To gauge Alberta’s performance, comparative data and information are often available for Canada and the provinces.

July 2012 Estimate of Production of Principal Field Crops, Alberta

On August 22, 2012, Statistics Canada released its report entitled "July 2012 Estimates of Production of Principal Field Crops".

Key Messages
  • Based on the report, total production of principal field crops in Alberta in 2012 is projected at 21.1 million tonnes, up 3.1 per cent from a year ago, and 25.1 per cent above the 10-year average (2002-2011). The higher production stems from an overall increase in seeded and harvested areas, along with relatively strong yields for crops.
  • Alberta producers expect spring wheat production to be down 3.9 per cent, to 7.7 million tonnes. This primarily stems from an anticipated decrease in harvested area.
  • Barley production is expected to be up 17.2 per cent, to 5.3 million tonnes, as harvested area is expected to increase by 11.2 per cent. Oat production could fall 18.1 per cent, to 542,900 tonnes, due to a drop in seeded and harvested area.
  • Canola production in the province is expected to increase 1.4 per cent, setting a new record for the province at 5.4 million tonnes. Strong prices encouraged producers to seed and harvest more canola acreage, thereby offsetting the reduction in yield.
  • Production of dry peas is expected to increase 39.7 per cent to a record 1.1 million tonnes, as a result of increased yields and harvested area.

Note: This is the first of three crop production estimates that will be done by Statistics Canada. The second is scheduled for release on October 4, 2012 (September estimates), followed by the final release (November estimates) on December 5, 2012.

For a complete copy of this update, please see the attached .pdf file.

 
 
 
 
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