November Estimate of Production of Principal Field Crops, 2008

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 Agri-Food Statistics Update - Issue No. CR08-5 - December 19, 2008
Collected from a variety of sources, the Statistics and Data Development Unit 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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November Estimate of Production of Principal Field Crops, 2008
On December 4, 2008, Statistics Canada released its report entitled “November Estimate of Production of Principal Field Crops, Canada, 2008”. The estimates for Alberta contained in the report were generated from a Statistics Canada survey of 9,425 farms in the province conducted during the period from October 24 to November 10, 2008. The Statistics and Data Development Unit of Alberta Agriculture and Rural Development reviewed the survey results and provided input before the estimates were released by Statistics Canada.

Based on the November estimate, total 2008 production of principal crops in Alberta reached a record 30.27 million tonnes. This is 13 percent higher than last year, and 29 percent above the 10-year average. Due to improved crop growing conditions, provincial average yields for major grains and oilseeds this year are higher than in 2007. Also, contributing to the record production is the increased total seeded and harvested crop acreage in the province, the result of strong commodity prices.

The November estimate is considered to be more accurate than the previously released September estimate since the November survey was conducted during the latter part of the crop season. As well, the sample size for the November survey was much larger, compared to the September survey. The November estimate is the final production estimate for 2008 field crops.

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