Statistics Canada releases latest field crop estimates

As the harvest continues in Canada, Statistics Canada has released its latest report on estimates for many of the crops grown.

This month’s totals came as many farmers are seeing a great end to the growing season, with warm, sunny weather helping to dry out crops.

The latest report takes this into account, as the previous report from August 29 only recorded conditions through July, with the new data extending through the end of August.

Most crops see a slight increase in expected yields thanks to the new report:

  • Maize increases to 14.9 million tonnes from 14.8
  • Soybean yields increase to 6.5 million tonnes, above the 6.4 previously reported.
  • Barley will also register gains with an expected yield of 9.4 million tonnes, higher than the 9.4 million tonnes previously forecast.
  • Oats will increase to 4.7 million tonnes from 4.5 forecast earlier.
  • Wheat is the only crop expected to remain unchanged at 34.7 million tonnes.
  • And canola is expected to fall in the latest report, from 19.5 million tonnes to 19.1 million tonnes.

The biggest takeaway from the report is that yields are still expected to far exceed 2021 yields, thanks to better growing conditions in the Prairies.

At the beginning, there was a lot of humidity, explains John Seay, head of the Report unit.

“Across much of western Canada we have definitely seen more precipitation, certainly in Manitoba and parts of Alberta. Similarly, in eastern Saskatchewan, there has been more precipitation this year, there are dry pockets in the province in the central and southwestern part of the province, so yields could be affected. the low. »

There will be a final yield report once the full harvest is complete, which is currently set to be released on December 2.

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