| ||Producers in Alberta harvest significant acres of annual crops for greenfeed and silage every year; however, greenfeed and silage production statistics for Alberta are not available from Statistics Canada, nor any other source. “To fill this gap, we initiated a greenfeed and silage production survey in 2002. Since then, the survey has been conducted annually, to develop selected statistics for the forage industry,” says Ashan Shooshtarian, crop statistician, Alberta Agriculture and Forestry. The Alberta 2015 Greenfeed and Silage Production Survey Results is now available.
Producers harvested more greenfeed and silage in 2015, mainly because of a significant shortage in hay production caused by the dry conditions in the province. Total area harvested for greenfeed increased 45 per cent to 438,000 acres, while silage acreage rose by 22 per cent to 482,000 acres.
The estimated provincial average yield for greenfeed was 14 per cent lower than in 2014. Provincially, greenfeed barley was down 24 per cent from 2014, while spring wheat was down 7 per cent. Greenfeed oats increased 2 per cent.
The estimated provincial average yield for silage declined 34 per cent. The yield for spring wheat silage fell 38 per cent. Barley silage yield was down 36 per cent, while oats declined 22 per cent, mixed grain was down 22 per cent, and triticale dropped 58 per cent.
“By putting numbers to acres/yields, we’re confident this resource will continue to help producers make decisions for greenfeed and silage production in their own operations. Further, it will continue to lend itself to applications like drought monitoring and feed availability for other industry stakeholders.”
More information about the major crops harvested for greenfeed and silage, and estimates of greenfeed and silage production in Alberta for previous years, dating back to 2006 are available in the Alberta 2015 Greenfeed and Silage Production Survey Results series.