July Estimate of Production of Principal Field Crops Alberta, 2010

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On August 20, 2010, Statistics Canada released its report entitled "July 31 Estimate of Production of Principal Field Crops, Canada, 2010”. The Alberta estimates were generated from a Statistics Canada survey of 3,802 farms in the province, during the period from July 26 to August 3, 2010.

Based on the Statistics Canada report, total production of principal field crops in Alberta in 2010 is projected at 18.63 million tonnes. If realized, this would be up 20 per cent from a year ago, and 18 per cent above the 10-year average (2000-2009). This stems from higher yield projections and an increase in total harvested area. Crop growing conditions in the province this year have been mainly favourable. The exception is the Peace Region, where crop yields are below average, due to dry conditions. Also, there were some crops lost due to flooding, mainly in the Southern Region.

Provincial average yields are mostly projected to be higherthan in 2009, and their 10-year averages. Just to caution, these estimates reflect yield potentials at the time the survey was conducted. Also, crop development this year is 10-20 days behind normal in the Southern Region, and 7-10 days behind normal in the Central, North East and North West Region.

The July 31 estimate is preliminary and is the first of three production estimates planned by Statistics Canada. A second set (September estimate) is scheduled for release on October 4, while the November estimate, which contains the final production statistics for 2010, will be released on December 3.

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August 25, 2010
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