Model-based estimates shift field crop production numbers


Statistic Canada is out with its Principal Field Crop Estimates for the month of August, and the model-based analysis paints a bit of a different picture than the July report.

According to its website, the estimates are calculated based on a model that incorporates coarse resolution satellite data from Statistics Canada’s Crop Condition Assessment Program, data from Statistics Canada’s field crop reporting series, and agroclimatic data. The approach was developed by Statistics Canada in close partnership with Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada (AAFC).

Despite some adverse weather events and trends, national production is expected to increase this year for spring wheat, corn for grain, barley, dry field peas, oats, dry beans, lentils, flaxseed, and fall rye, compared to 2018. On the flip side, there’s an expected decrease in canola, soybeans, durum wheat, winter wheat, chick peas, mustard seed, canary seed, and sunflowers.

In the west, dry conditions continue, especially in both Alberta and Manitoba.

It’s still a different picture when you look east, as Ontario is still dealing with above average rain which has attributed to a delayed corn and soybean plant.


Total wheat production is expected to get a .9 per cent boost compared to last year, for a rough total of 32.5 million tonnes for this year. With an increase of 1.9 per cent to yield that would peg total wheat at 49.4 bushels per acres, which would offset a 1.1 per cent decline in harvested area.

According to StatsCan, spring wheat production is expected to increase 7.6 per cent from 2018 to 25.8 million tonnes. Although the spring wheat yield is expected to decrease 0.4 per cent to 51.2 bushels per acre, a 7.9 per cent increase in harvested area is expected to offset the decline in yield.

Durum wheat production for this year is expected to decline by 13 per cent compared to 2018, coming in at around 5.0 million tonnes.

When it comes to winter wheat production, there’s an expected decline of 30.7 per cent, to 1.7 million tonnes, with 25.1 per cent decrease in harvested area, and an estimated 7.4 per cent decline in yield to 69.6 bushels per acre. (stats on canola, corn for grain an soybeans continue below player)

Listen to RealAgriculture’s news lead, Jessika Guse and FarmLead’s CEO, Brennan Turner discuss the latest Statistics Canada report.


Although higher yields of about 3.8 per cent (to 41.3 bushels per acre) are expected for the 2019 crop year for canola, production is still expected to decline by 4.8 per cent, to about 19.4 million tonnes. Attributed to this decline is the lack of moisture and the need for a good rain fall.

Corn for grain

On the bright side, at the national level, corn for grain production is expected to rise 1.6 per cent from 2018 to 14.1 million tonnes this year. Statistics Canada says an estimated 2.3 per cent increase in harvested area in 2019 could offset a 0.6 per cent decline in yield to 153.6 bushels per acre. Again, weather played a major roll in this as a cool wet spring delayed planting in Ontario where 87 per cent of the country’s corn is grown.


According to the report, soybean yield is expected to decline 1.2 per cent to 42.0 bushels per acre at the national level in 2019, compared with 2018. The lower yield, combined with a 9.7 per cent decline in harvested area to 5.7 million harvested acres, is expected to result in a 10.8 per cent annual production decline to 6.5 million tonnes in 2019.

Ontario is expected to produce 3.9 million tonnes of soybeans, or 60.1% of the national production, in 2019. Manitoba is second at 1.3 million tonnes, or 20.7% of total soybean production, while Quebec ranks third at 1.1 million tonnes, or 16.2%.

Final crop production estimates for this year will be released on December 6, 2019.

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