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A year of mixed messages but still above average yields

Sept. 1, 2016 - For some Canadian farmers, especially those in certain parts of Saskatchewan, it’s been a pretty wet year. For other agricultural producers, it’s been a terribly dry year.

In both instances, the weather conditions have hampered crop yields, but still, the Canadian farmer has persevered and, it appears as if, there are more than a few bumper-like crops being harvested.
Wheat, barley and lentil production is expected to increase this year while crops such as canola, soybeans, corn and oats could show slight declines.

Overall, wheat production is expected to reach, and perhaps exceed 30.5 million tonnes this crop year, which will represent a 10.5 per cent increase compared with last year’s production. It will be only the second time in 25 years that wheat production will exceed 30 million tonnes, said a recent Statistics Canada report, based on Canada-wide surveys taken just as traditional harvest seasons began. The only other time wheat production reached this level was in 2013.

One of the reasons for the significant increase in the wheat production is due to the fact that average yields of just under 49 bushels per acre, represent a per-acre yield increase of 14.3 per cent compared with  42.8 bushels per acre in 2015. Harvested areas declined 3.3 per cent to 22.9 million acres, the lowest level in five years. | READ MORE.


September 1, 2016
By Estevan Mercury

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