Today’s Statistics Canada numbers of 2013 production confirmed what everyone already new — Canadian farmers have a heck of a harvest in the bin (or headed there shortly). So while the production figures are perhaps old news and bearish, there is one very cool tidbit of information in the list: canola production, for the first time ever, has surpassed 15 million tonnes, a production goal set out by the Canola Council of Canada over six years ago.
“It’s a great day for grains and oilseeds farmers of Canada who this year have produced an outstanding crop,” says Canola Council of Canada (CCC) president Patti Miller, in a press release. “Farmers across Canada work hard and take risks in order to bring in a crop, and when they succeed as they have this year, that’s cause for celebration. And hats off to Canada’s canola growers who broke all previous production records by a long shot.”
“This is a pivotal moment in history for Canada’s canola industry,” says Saskatchewan farmer and CCC board of directors chairman Terry Youzwa. “Our industry in 2007 set a target of 15 million tonnes of sustainable canola production by 2015 and we have blown past that target two years early.”
Youzwa pointed out that the 2015 industry target of 15 million tonnes applies both to production and demand, and he expressed confidence that demand will be strong. “About 85 percent of our production is bound for export markets and the Canola Council has worked very diligently to ensure that the markets are there.”
“We will take this moment to celebrate, but then it’s back to the day-to-day work of giving our growers the best agronomy extension and innovation possible to support sustainable production of high value canola, and the best we can possibly do in maintaining and growing markets.” says Miller.