StatsCan bumps '22 crop estimates higher

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Improved growing conditions for much of Western Canada has Statistics Canada predicting a much larger crop for 2022 harvest than was previously reported.

The latest principal field crop report, published August 29, is derived from predictive modeling based on July field conditions.

StatsCan says the Crop Condition Assessment Program shows that overall plant health in the Prairie provinces was similar to higher-than-normal at the end of July, indicating the possibility of normal to much higher-than-normal yields.

By the numbers, StatsCan says Canadian farmers are set to harvest 55.1% more wheat, year-over-year at 34.6 million tonnes in 2022; 41.7 per cent more canola, at 19.5 million tonnes; and 6 per cent more corn at 14.8 million tonnes. Soybean tonnage is estimated to bump slightly, year-over-year, as well.

Barley acres are down, says StatsCan, but yields are expected to be 57.7 per cent higher, bumping production by 34.3 per cent, year-over-year to 9.3 million tonnes in 2022. Oat production is projected to rise by 59.2 per cent to 4.5 million tonnes.

Credit: StatsCan July ’22 principal field crops

View the full StatsCan report, here.

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