Canadian farmers planted less canola and more wheat compared with last year, but they shifted their plans from earlier this spring to sow more land with canola. | File photo

Canadian canola area narrows, wheat sowings expand from last year

June 29 – Canadian farmers planted less canola and more wheat compared with last year, but they shifted their plans from earlier this spring to sow more land with canola. Canola plantings reached 22.7 million acres, shy of last year’s 23 million, but exceeding the average trade guess of 22.4 million acres. Statscan’s spring planting […] Read more

Strong soil moisture reserves made up for a lack of rain, allowing farmers to produce a good sized harvest.   |  File photo

Canadian crops top expectations

Canadian farmers harvested larger crops than forecast in September, reaping record-large canola output and a surprisingly big wheat crop, a Dec. 6 Statistics Canada report showed. Canola production topped 21.3 million tonnes, eight percent higher than Statistics Canada’s September estimate, and more than one million tonnes larger than the average trade estimate in a Reuters […] Read more

There’s a real risk that Statistics Canada will further reduce its crucial production of agricultural stats as different interests fight for favour within the federal government, as spending cuts become a government focus and as the dreamy possibilities of our digital age distract the agency from doing boring old surveys.
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Time to speak up for Statistics Canada

It’s time to stop taking Statistics Canada for granted and to show it a little love. It’s also time to let your members of Parliament, your farm organization leaders and your fellow farmers know just how important the agency is for agriculture. There’s a real risk that Statistics Canada will further reduce its crucial production […] Read more


Pre-report ideas pegged the 2017 durum crop at 4.5 million to 5.3 million tonnes, but Statistics Canada estimated the crop to be 3.9 million. That compares with last year's crop which was 7.8 million. | File photo

StatsCan reaction — durum bullish, canola neutral, wheat bearish

WINNIPEG, Aug. 31 (CNS) – The 2016 canola crop has been revised higher by Statistics Canada in its first production estimates for 2017 released august 31. StatsCan raised the 2016-17 production number to 19.6 million tonnes from 18.4 million previously. It pegged the 2017 crop at 18.2 million tonnes, which was in the middle of […] Read more

Statistics Canada reported Wednesday that realized net farm income was $8.8 billion in 2016, up 7.6 percent. | File photo

Realized net farm income up again

Realized net farm income has risen for the third year in a row, says Statistics Canada. The agency reported Wednesday that realized net farm income was $8.8 billion in 2016, up 7.6 percent. Realized net income is the difference between cash receipts and operating expenses, less depreciation, plus income in kind. The largest increase of […] Read more


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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

Canadian farmers had high hopes for increased seeded area when Statistics Canada surveyed them in March, but recent cold, wet weather is leading to concerns about muddy fields and hard to manage unharvested crop.  |  File Photo

Canola, soybean acres surge in seeding estimates

Somewhere, somehow, farmers have found more than two million extra acres for the 2017 crop production season, according to Statistics Canada. That will allow farmers to boost canola acres to a stunning 22.4 million, expand Manitoba soybean acres to 2.2 million and raise oat acres 20.6 percent to 3.4 million — all while allowing them […] Read more

Statistics Canada pegs the canola crop at 17 million tonnes, while the trade pegs it at 18 million tonnes. | Robin Booker photo

Constant revisions erode confidence

Statistics Canada is continuing its long-running habit of heavily underestimating the size of the canola crop. Last week, after reporting its higher-than-expected year-end canola stocks number the agency was forced to bump up its estimate of last year’s canola crop by 1.15 million tonnes to 18.38 million. The difference between its initial July 2015 estimate […] Read more


Canadian farmers planted less spring wheat and about the same area of canola as last year, dedicating the most land ever to lentils, Statistics Canada said in a report on Wednesday that was in line with trade expectations. | File photo

StatsCan seeding report shows record lentil acreage

WINNIPEG/OTTAWA, June 29 (Reuters) – Canadian farmers planted less spring wheat and about the same area of canola as last year, dedicating the most land ever to lentils, Statistics Canada said in a report on Wednesday that was in line with trade expectations. Statscan pegged all-wheat plantings, which also include the durum and winter varieties, […] Read more

Combine hoppers were overflowing in early harvested crops in Western Canada, leading to expectations that the Statistics Canada November report will show bigger crops than in the September report. A farmer takes in the view of the Highwood River valley near Longview, Alta., while waiting for the grain truck during a warm late October day.  |  Mike Sturk photo

Satellite crop estimate too low: analysts

Satellite measures crop vegetation | Yield forecast of 34.5 bushels per acre canola “more than a little bit on the low side”

Statistics Canada’s first satellite based yield estimates of the year are way off the mark, according to grain analysts. The Crop Condition Assessment Program (CCAP) is forecasting an average yield of 34.5 bushels per acre for canola, 43.8 for spring wheat, 39.5 for durum and 63.4 for barley. All four numbers are lower than the […] Read more