July Estimate of Production of Principal Field Crops, Alberta, 2014

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Agri-Food Statistics Update - Issue No: CR14-1
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 2014 Estimate of Production of Principal Field Crops, Alberta

On August 21, 2014, Statistics Canada released their July estimates of crop production for 2014.

Key Messages
  • While this year’s harvest is currently expected to be smaller than last year’s bumper crop, Alberta’s total production of principal field crops is still estimated to exceed the 10-year average.
  • In 2014, total production of principal field crops in Alberta is anticipated to be 20.2 million tonnes, down 19.1 per cent from last year’s record, but still 6.3 per cent above the 10-year average (2004-2013). The lower production stems mainly from lower yields.
  • Spring wheat production in Alberta is expected to decrease by 22.1 per cent to 7.9 million tonnes, due to anticipated lower yields and harvested area.
  • Barley production is estimated at 4.2 million tonnes, down 24.1 per cent, as yields and harvested area are expected to decrease by 11.9 per cent and 13.8 per cent, respectively.
  • Canola production in the province could drop 16.8 per cent to 5.0 million tonnes, due to lower yields more than offsetting an increase in harvested area.
  • Dry peas production is expected to increase 2.2 per cent to 1.4 million tonnes, and would set a new record if realized. The record production is driven by 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 3, 2014 (September estimates), followed by the final release (November estimates) on December 4, 2014.

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

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This information published to the web on September 24, 2014.