November 2016 Estimate of Production of Principal Field Crops, Alberta

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 Agri-Food Statistics Update - Issue No.CR16-2
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 December 6, 2016, Statistics Canada released the November estimates of crop production for 2016.

Key Messages
  • Although the 2016 crop season in Alberta started with a dry spring, farms across the province received appropriate precipitation at the right time to produce above average yields. However, persistent wet and cold weather conditions from mid-August and excessive soil moisture delayed the harvest season which was one of the longest on record.
  • In 2016, the production of selected field crops (including forages) totalled 34.0 million tonnes, up 24.4 per cent from a year ago. Excluding forages, production totalled 24.6 million tonnes, up 16.0 per cent from last year. In either case, this is the highest production after 2013.
  • Spring wheat production increased by 10.3 per cent, from 7.2 million tonnes to 8.0 million tonnes, due to higher yields, despite a decline in harvested area.
  • Barley production increased to 4.4 million tonnes, from 4.3 million tonnes in 2015, as yields increased 13.3 per cent, compensating the 9.4 per cent decline in harvested area.
  • Canola production dropped 1.2 per cent to 5.8 million tonnes from 5.9 million tonnes in 2015, which is still 21.0 per cent higher than the 10-year average.
  • Forage production increased 53.8 per cent from last year to 9.4 million tonnes. This was attributed to higher production of both fodder corn and tame hay.
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This information published to the web on February 8, 2017.