November 2018 Estimate of Crop Production Alberta Highlights

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Agri-Food Statistics Update: Issue CR18-2

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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Release Information

On December 6, 2018, Statistics Canada released their November estimates of crop production for 2018. These estimates were derived from a Statistics Canada survey of 7,230 Alberta producers, conducted in October and November. These are the final estimates of three reports for the 2018 crop season.
Detailed data is available on the Statistics Canada website, table number 32-10-0359-01:


November Estimates of Production for Principal Field Crops in 2018
  • The 2018 crop season was challenging for Alberta producers for a variety of reasons, including a late spring, dry conditions in summer, low temperatures since the end of August, thick smoke from the BC wildfires and a wet delayed harvest season. This resulted in lower yield and quality, compared to recent years.
  • In 2018, the production of selected field crops and forages in Alberta totaled 31.3 million tonnes, down 6.6 per cent from 2017, but still 3.3 per cent above the 10-year average (2008-2017).
  • Excluding forages, selected field crops production was 23.6 million tonnes, 4.7 per cent lower than 2017, but still 8 per cent higher than the 10-year average.
  • All wheat production remained almost unchanged, with a 0.3 per cent increase from
  • 2017 to 10 million tonnes, which is 10.4 per cent above the 10-year average. The marginal increase was due to a higher harvested area, despite declining yield.
  • Barley production increased 2.3 per cent to four million tonnes, but was 11.6 per cent below the 10-year average. This was driven by an increase in harvested area, despite reduced yield.
  • Canola production fell 14 per cent to 5.9 million tonnes, as both yield and harvested area were down. However, production was still 8.8 per cent higher than the 10-year average.
  • Production for all pulses declined, with the exception of dry beans, which was up 18.4 per cent from a year ago. For lentils, dry peas and fababeans, production fell by 24.5, 19.2 and 4.4 per cent, respectively, as both harvested areas and yields were down
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This information published to the web on January 10, 2019.