Statistics Canada takes heat on canola supply estimates

Statistics Canada has come under fire by analysts for its canola production and stocks estimates but the agency remains confident in its numbers. Todd Mulligan, senior crops analyst at Statistics Canada, said the November estimates of crop production are based on a survey covering 26,500 farms. “We have a lot of confidence because that is […] Read more

Farmers fail to capitalize on data

Agricultural firms and consultants have been claiming for at least two years that using complex information systems to enhance agronomy, farm management and yields will become standard practice on Canadian farms in the near future. Manitoba grain farmers aren’t buying the hype. Mitch Rezansoff, an integrated solutions manager with Enns Brothers, a chain of John […] Read more

Stats Can may stop Sept. survey

Crop reporting | Fall survey could be axed if satellite-generated yield estimate proves valid

This could be the last September that Canadian growers are surveyed about their crop yields. Statistics Canada is contemplating replacing its September crop production survey with a mathematical model that uses satellite data to produce production estimates. This year’s survey will be compared to the satellite-based yield results generated by the Crop Condition Assessment Program […] Read more