Canada oat, barley production up, according to StatsCan survey

OTTAWA, (Reuters) – Oat production in Canada grew by 16.9 percent in 2019 compared to 2018, and barley production was up by 19.2 percent, according to a recent Statistics Canada survey, based in part on satellite and agroclimatic data.

The survey also said that all-wheat production increased by 0.9 percent, while canola production was expected to decline by 4.8 percent. Durum output, the wheat used to make pasta, was pegged at 5.0 million tonnes.

Statscan said that dry conditions since the beginning of the growing season persisted in most of Manitoba and southern Alberta, while moisture conditions were better in other parts of the Prairies, helping to improve crop yields and production estimates.

Production estimates for Quebec, Ontario, Manitoba, Saskatchewan, and Alberta are calculated using model-based yields. Estimates for Prince Edward Island, Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, and British Columbia are all carried forward from the July estimates of principal field crop production.

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