Weather re­duces es­ti­mated crop pro­duc­tion across Canada

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Poor weather across Canada has re­sulted in thir­teen of 17 crops with es­ti­mated pro­duc­tion de­clines this year com­pared with 2017.

The Sta­tis­tics Canada crop sur­vey of farm­ers con­ducted in late July in­di­cates only du­rum, bar­ley, mus­tard and chick­peas will see in­creased pro­duc­tion this year.

Lower rain­fall and high tem­per­a­tures in var­i­ous parts of Canada have im­pacted crop yields along with changes in acreage.

In the Prairie prov­inces, only south­east­ern Saskatchewan, west-cen­tral Saskatchewan and a broad strip from Mort­lach to Out­look have had higher than usual rain­fall.

A tiny part of south­west­ern Man­i­toba falls into that class, while in most of Al­berta rain is lower or sim­i­lar to av­er­age. A large part of Al­berta from north of Cal­gary to Ed­mon­ton had much lower rain­fall. Du­rum wheat pro­duc­tion in Canada will in­crease 1.4 per cent to just over five mil­lion tonnes.

Over­all wheat pro­duc­tion of 29.3 mil­lion tonnes will fall 3.3 per cent. Most of that de­cline comes in Saskatchewan wheat pro­duc­tion even with a 13 per cent in­crease in planted acreage.

Canola pro­duc­tion will fall 10.2 per cent to 19.2 mil­lion tonnes. Saskatchewan will har­vest 10.1 mil­lion tonnes, down 9.m per cent. Planted acres de­clined by nearly four per cent.

Poor weather hurt bar­ley crops. A 1.3 per cent in­crease in pro­duc­tion comes af­ter farm­ers planted al­most 12 per cent more area to the crop.

Chick­pea pro­duc­tion is es­ti­mated to in­crease 176 per cent as higher prices in­duced an in­crease in acres. Har­vest will go from 98,000 tonnes to 264,000. Len­til pro­duc­tion of 2.2 mil­lion tonnes will drop 15 per cent for the sec­ond an­nual de­cline. Re­duced acres are partly re­spon­si­ble.

Pea pro­duc­tion de­clines al­most 12 per cent to 3.63 mil­lion tonnes on fewer acres.

Flax seed pro­duc­tion drops 11 per cent to 494,000 tonnes for the sec­ond straight year of de­cline.

Mus­tard, a crop that fares bet­ter in dry years, will in­crease 44 per cent to 175,000 tonnes re­vers­ing a 2017 de­cline. Oats pro­duc­tion will be down 11 per cent to 3.3 mil­lion tonnes.

Ca­nary seed pro­duc­tion of 111,000 tonnes falls 24 per cent partly on lower acreage. Th­ese es­ti­mates could be re­duced by a wet har­vest as ex­pe­ri­enced in the last part of Septem­ber.

Ron Wal­ter can be reached at ron­joy@ sask­

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