September 2014 Estimate of Production of Principal Field Crops, Alberta

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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 2014 Estimate of Production of Principal Field Crops, Alberta
October 9, 2014
On October 3, 2014, Statistics Canada released the September estimates of crop production for 2014.

Key Messages
  • While this year’s harvest is 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, the total production of selected principal field crops in Alberta is anticipated to decline 20.3 per cent from a year ago to 21.5 million tonnes, but still 4.2 per cent above the 10-year average (2004-2013). Crop production in 2014 reflects a return to average yields compared to 2013, when records were achieved.
  • Spring wheat production in Alberta is estimated to decrease by 24.6 per cent to 7.7 million tonnes, due to anticipated lower yields and harvested area.
  • Barley production is estimated to fall 25.4 per cent to 4.1 million tonnes, as yields and harvested area are expected to decrease by 14.9 per cent and 12.5 per cent, respectively.
  • Canola production in the province is estimated to drop 17.8 per cent to 4.9 million tonnes, but still remain 16.0 per cent above the 10-year average.
  • Dry peas production is expected to increase 8.1 per cent to 1.4 million tonnes, and would set a new record if realized. The high production is driven by an increase in harvested area.
Note: This is the second of three crop production estimates that will be done by Statistics Canada. The final release is scheduled for release on December 4, 2014 (November estimates).

A complete copy of the update is available as a pdf file Agri-Food Statistics Update - Issue No: CR14-2
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