StatCan lowers production numbers of Ontario’s major crops

WINNIPEG,(MarketsFarm) – Ontario farmers saw most of their crop production reduced in Statistics Canada’s latest crop report that was released on Dec. 6. Surveys for the report were carried out from Oct. 9 to Nov. 17 and are the final production numbers for 2019.

Wet conditions this spring in southern Ontario was likely to have played a big factor in the reduced numbers.

One of the most significant declines was in Ontario’s winter wheat crop, which fell 34.1 percent to 1.371 million tonnes from last year’s 2.080 million.

Ontario’s soybean crop was down as well from last year, by 11.72 percent to 3.708 million tonnes.

Tame hay in the province was also lowered, by 6.56 percent to 3.251 million tonnes.

Ontario corn also declined, with corn for silage down 11.33 percent to 4.743 million tonnes. Corn for grain slipped 1.45 percent to 8.641 million tonnes.

Among the province’s smaller crops, dry beans were down 6.75 percent to 124,300 tonnes. Fall rye fell 36.49 percent to 42,300 tonnes. Canola dropped 36.73 percent to 42,200 tonnes.

There were some gains in Ontario, with sugarbeets climbing to 383,100 tonnes from such a small crop last year that Statistics Canada couldn’t account for it due to privacy concerns.

Barley increased 27.57 percent to 134,200 tonnes, and oats leapt 59.60 percent to 104,700 tonnes.

Ontario Crop Production Estimates (millions of tonnes)

CROP         2018         2019        CHANGE_

Barley       0.105         0.134         +25.57%

Beans, dry   0.133         0.124         -6.75%

Canola       0.067         0.042         -36.73%

Corn, grain 8.768         8.641         -1.45%

Corn, silage 5.349         4.743         -11.33%

Oats         0.066         0.105         +59.60%

Rye, fall   0.066         0.042        -36.49%

Soybeans     4.201         3.708         -11.72%

Sugarbeets     –           0.383           –

Tame Hay     3.479         3.251         -6.56%

Winter Wheat 2.080         1.371         -34.09%

Source: Production of Principal Field Crops, November 2019, Statistics Canada

 

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