July 2017 Estimate of Production of Principal Field Crops, Alberta

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Agri-Food Statistics Update - Issue No: CR17-1

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 31, 2017, Statistics Canada released their July estimates of crop production for 2017.

Key Messages:
  • This year’s crop season started with a wet spring and unharvested areas from the last season, which resulted in very late seeding. Estimated yields are highly variable across the province, due to non-uniform weather conditions, particularly in the Southern and Northern Regions.
  • In 2017, total production of selected principal field crops in Alberta is estimated at 22.6 million tonnes. This is down 9.3 per cent from a year ago, but still 7.7 percent above the 10-year average.
  • Spring wheat production in Alberta is expected to decline by 1.6 percent to 7.9 million tonnes, driven by a lower average yield, despite harvested area increasing.
  • Barley production is estimated at 3.7 million tonnes, down 15.4 percent, as yields are expected to decrease by 12.6 percent and harvested area down 3.3 percent.
  • Canola production could drop 1.6 percent to 6.1 million tonnes. Even so, it is still 20.0 percent higher than the 10-year average.
  • Corn for grain production is expected to jump 90.4 percent to a record 120,900 tonnes, which is 151.1 percent higher than the 10-year average. The marked production is driven by a 94.4 percent increase in harvested area, despite a drop in yields.
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