July 2016 Estimate of Production of Principal Field Crops, Alberta

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 Agri-Food Statistics Update - Issue No: CR16-1
Collected from a variety of sources, the Statistics and Data Development Section 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 23, 2016, Statistics Canada released their July estimates of crop production for 2016.

Key Messages
  • This year’s crop season started with a dry spring, followed by frequent rains which provided enough moisture for an expected crop production higher than the 10-year average (2006-2015).
  • In 2016, total production of selected principal field crops in Alberta is estimated at 23.5 million tonnes, up 13.4 per cent from a year ago, and 16.2 per cent above the 10-year average (2006-2015). The higher production stems mainly from increased yields.
  • Spring wheat production in Alberta is expected to increase by 9.5 per cent to 7.9 million tonnes, due to an anticipated higher average yield, despite a decline in harvested area.
  • Barley production is estimated at 4.5 million tonnes, up 4.5 per cent, as average yield is expected to increase by 7.1 per cent.
  • Canola production in the province could remain relatively stable at 5.4 million tonnes, down one per cent from 2015, but still 13.7 per cent above the 10-year average.
  • Dry peas production is expected to significantly increase by 69.2 per cent to 2.2 million tonnes, 132.0 per cent above the 10-year average. This is due to a higher expected average yield and harvested area.
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