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Alberta’s main field crops

Alberta’s main field crops

Posted on: 5/27/2019 | Author: ATB Financial's Economics + Research Team

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Spring seeding is nearing completion in Alberta. As of May 21, 73 per cent of all crops were seeded. With this in mind, The Owl is taking a look at Alberta’s main field crops.

In terms of both seeded area and total production in 2018, wheat makes up the largest portion of Alberta’s crops. It accounts for 29 per cent (7.5 million acres) of the total seeded area in the province and 32 per cent (10 million metric tonnes) of total production.

On the seeding side, canola is next, accounting for 26 per cent of seeded area, followed by tame hay (hay cut from cultivated grasses) at 17 per cent, and barley at 12 per cent. Peas, perhaps not as well known as the others, are the only other crop in the province with more than one million seeded acres (6 per cent of the total).

In terms of production, hay is the second to wheat, at 19 per cent of total production (6 million tonnes). Canola comes in third at just under 19 per cent (5.9 million tonnes), followed by barley at 13 per cent (4 million tonnes), corn for silage at 5.3 per cent (1.7 million tonnes) and peas at 5.1 per cent (1.6 million tonnes).

Alberta crops made up 27 per cent of the total seeded area in Canada and 24 per cent of national production.

 

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