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

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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.

November Estimates of Production of Principal Field Crops, Alberta, 2014

On December 4, 2014, Statistics Canada released the November estimates of crop production for 2014.

Key Messages

  • While this year’s harvest was smaller than last year’s bumper crop, Alberta’s total production of principal field crops still exceeded the 10-year average.
  • In 2014, the total production of selected principal field crops in Alberta declined 12.6 per cent from a year ago to 30.2 million tonnes, but still 5.9 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 fell 17.7 per cent to 8.4 million tonnes, due to lower yields and harvested area.
  • Barley production decreased 25.5 per cent to 4.1 million tonnes, as yields and harvested area dropped by 12.0 per cent and 15.3 per cent, respectively.
  • Canola production in the province was down 8.5 per cent to 5.5 million tonnes due to lower yields, but still second highest on record.
  • Dry peas production reached a record 1.3 million tonnes, (marginally above 2013), and was due to an increase in harvested area.
  • Compared to last year, production was up for winter wheat (4.2 per cent), but was down for spring wheat (17.7 per cent), durum wheat (18.8 per cent), and oats (9.7 per cent).
A complete copy of the update is available as a pdf file. Agri-Food Statistics Update - Issue No: CR14-3
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