July Estimate of Production of Principal Field Crops, Alberta, 2013

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Agri-Food Statistics Update - Issue No. CR13-1
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 Estimate of Production of Principal Field Crops, Alberta, 2013

On August 21, 2013, Statistics Canada released their July estimates of crop production for 2013.

Key Messages
  • Based on the report, total production of principal field crops in Alberta in 2013 is anticipated at 21.2 million tonnes, up 9.1 per cent from a year ago, and 17.7 per cent above the 10-year average (2003-2012). The higher production stems from overall strong yields for crops.
  • In 2013, spring wheat production in Alberta is expected to increase by 13.0 per cent to 8.4 million tonnes, a new record high for the province. The record production stems from anticipated record high yields and harvested area.
  • Barley production is expected to be at 4.8 million tonnes, up 7.2 per cent, as yields are expected to increase by 14.6 per cent.
  • Canola production in the province is expected to climb 5.6 per cent to 5.2 million tonnes, the second highest on record. Contributing to the increased production are higher yields.
  • Dry peas production is expected to increase 17.1 per cent to 1.2 million tonnes, and would set a new record. The estimated increase is driven by high yields and an increase in 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, 2013 (September estimates), followed by the final release (November estimates) on December 4, 2013.

For a complete copy of the update, please download the .pdf file.

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