November 2015 Estimate of Production of Principal Field Crops, Alberta

 
 
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November 2015 Estimate of Production of Principal Field Crops, Alberta

On December 4, 2015, Statistics Canada released the November estimates of crop production for 2015.

Key Messages
  • The 2015 crop season in Alberta started with a dry spring followed by a hot summer with limited moisture which had an adverse impact on crop growth. However, as harvest progressed across the province yields were higher than what was expected earlier in the summer.
  • In 2015, total production of selected principal field crops (including forages) was estimated at 26.9 million tonnes, down 12.3 per cent from 2014, and 7.3 per cent below the 10-year average (2005-2014). Excluding forages, total production of major crops was 20.8 million tonnes, down 7.4 per cent from last year, and 2.7 per cent above the 10-year average.
  • Spring wheat production declined 13.4 per cent to 7.2 million tonnes, due to both lower yield and harvested area.
  • Barley production increased 3.8 per cent to 4.3 million tonnes due to higher yield and harvested area.
  • Despite an increase in yield, canola production fell 6.1 per cent to 5.4 million tonnes, due to a decline in harvested area.
  • Tame hay production fell by 31.5 per cent to 5.0 million tonnes in 2015. This is attributed to both lower yield and harvested area.
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