September 2013 Estimate of Production of Principal Field Crops, Alberta

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September 2013 Estimate of Production of Principal Field Crops, Alberta

Key Messages
  • Based on the report, total production of principal field crops in Alberta in 2013 is anticipated to be 22.0 million tonnes, up 11.7 per cent from a year ago, and 22.6 per cent above the 10-year average (2003-2012). The higher production stems from overall strong yields for crops.
  • Alberta producers anticipate spring wheat production to increase by 18.9 per cent, to a record 8.8 million tonnes in 2013. The higher production stems from an anticipated increase in yields and harvested area (both record highs) which are up 11.1 per cent and 7.0 per cent, respectively.
  • Barley production is expected to be up 9.3 per cent, to 4.9 million tonnes, as yields are expected to increase by 19.1 per cent to a record 71.8 bushels per acre. Oats production is up 7.1 per cent, to 555,200 tonnes, mainly attributed to a record high yield of 87.8 bushels per acre.
  • Canola production in the province is expected to climb 2.3 per cent, to 5.2 million tonnes – the highest since 2011. Contributing to the increased production are higher yields.
  • Dry peas production is expected to increase 14.2 per cent to 1.4 million tonnes, setting a new record. The increase is due to record high yields.

Note: This is the second of three crop production estimates that will be done by Statistics Canada. The final is scheduled for release on December 4, 2013 (November estimates).

A complete copy of the update is available as a pdf file Agri-Food Statistics Update - Issue No: CR13-2
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