September Estimate of Production of Principal Field Crops, Alberta, 2012

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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.

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September Estimate of Production of Principal Field Crops, Alberta, 2012

On October 4, 2012, Statistics Canada released its second report entitled “Production of principal field crops, September 2012”.

Key Messages
  • Based on the report, total production of principal field crops in Alberta in 2012 is projected at 19.8 million tonnes. If realized, this would be down 2.8 per cent from 2011, but still 22.6 per cent above the 10-year average (2002-2011). The lower production primarily stems from anticipated lower yields.
  • Spring wheat production is expected to be down 7.4 per cent, to 7.4 million tonnes, due to a decline in harvested area, as well as lower yields.
  • Barley production is expected to be up 6.7 per cent, to 4.9 million tonnes, as harvested area is expected to be up 9.0 per cent. Oat production could fall 17.2 per cent, to 549,000 tonnes, due to a lower harvested area.
  • Total canola production could drop by 6.4 per cent to 5.0 million tonnes. Even though the harvested acres are up, the decrease in production is attributed to lower yields.
  • Production of dry peas is expected to increase 23.6 per cent to a record 995,400 tonnes, as a result of increased yields and harvested area.

Note: The September estimate is preliminary and is the second of three production estimates planned by Statistics Canada. The November estimates, which contain the third and final crop production statistics for the year, is scheduled for release on December 5, 2012.

A complete copy of the update is available as a pdf file Agri-Food Statistics Update - Issue No: CR12-2
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