July 2018 Estimate of Production of Principal Field Crops, Alberta

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 Agri-Food Statistics Update - Issue No: CR18-1
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, 2018, Statistics Canada released their July estimates of crop production for 2018.
These estimates were drived frim a Statistics Canada survey of Alberta producers, conducted in July 2018. Final estimates are expected to be released on December 6, 2018. Detailed data is available on the Statistics Canada website, table number 32-10-0359-01:


July 2018 Estimate of Production of Principal Field Estimates of Crop Production

  • This year’s crop season started with late seeding, due to a long winter. Additionally, dry conditions in the southern parts of the province remained a challenge, especially for livestock producers.
  • In 2018, the total production of selected principal field crops in Alberta are estimated at 23.4 million tonnes. This is down 5.6 per cent from a year ago, but still 6.9 per cent above the 10-year average.
  • All wheat production is estimated to be down 3.9 per cent from 10 million tonnes to 9.6 million tonnes. This stems from anticipated lower yields (down 8.7 per cent from 2017), despite a 5.5 per cent increase in harvested area.
  • Barley production remained relatively flat, at 3.94 million tonnes compared to 3.91 million tonnes in 2017, with an 8 per cent increase in harvested area, slightly offsetting a 6.5 per cent decline in yield.
  • Canola production could drop 12.5 per cent to 6 million tonnes, which is still 10.8 per cent higher than the 10-year average, due to a decline in both yield and harvested area, which were down 10.1 and 2.6 per cent, respectively.
  • Production of lentils and dry peas could fall by 6.1 and 12.8 per cent, respectively, due to a decrease in the harvested areas, which more than offset higher yields.
  • Dry beans production is expected to increase significantly, by 30.9 per cent to 80,500 tonnes, which is 62.5 per cent above the 10-year average. The higher production is driven by a 24.2 per cent increase in harvested area and a 5.5 per cent increase in expected yield.
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