July 2015 Estimate of Production of Principal Field Crops, Alberta

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 Agri-Food Statistics Update- Issue No: CR15-1

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.
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On August 21, 2015, Statistics Canada released their July estimates of crop production for 2015.

Key Messages

 This year’s dry growing conditions in the province have had an adverse impact on yield and some harvested areas.

 In 2015, total production of selected principal field crops in Alberta is anticipated at 17.4 million tonnes, down 20.6 per cent from a year ago, and 13.3 per cent below the 10-year average (2005-2014). The lower production stems mainly from lower yields.

 Spring wheat production in Alberta is expected to decrease by 25.8 per cent to 6.2 million tonnes, due to anticipated lower yields and harvested area.

 Barley production is estimated at 3.7 million tonnes, down 10.1 per cent, as yields are expected to decrease by 10.0 per cent.

 Canola production in the province could drop 27.2 per cent to 4.0 million tonnes, and 11.4 per cent below the 10-year average.

 Dry peas production is expected to decrease 6.6 per cent to 1.2 million tonnes, but 41.5 per cent above the 10-year average. The lower production is driven by a decrease in yields.

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 2, 2015 (September estimates), followed by the final release (November estimates) on December 4, 2015.

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