This series, created by the Economic and Competitiveness Branch at Alberta Agriculture and Forestry (AF), covers topics including farm economics and cost of production, economic impacts of crop and livestock diseases, and environmental and trade issues.

“Agricultural economic topics can be complex,” says Anne Huennemeyer, research economist with AF. “Explained in Brief unpacks this analysis into 2 pages. It’s an accessible format that makes this information available to a broader readership and to more Albertans.”

Explained in Brief: Uncovering Canola's Success in Alberta – This analysis looks at why canola expanded into Alberta at a record pace. It also explains why despite high production costs, costs per bushel may be trending downward. It covers the risk that reliance on canola could create.

Explained in Brief: Durum Wheat in Alberta – The province grows 20% of Canada’s durum wheat, and Canada is the world’s largest producer and exporter of it. The analysis compares durum wheat yields on irrigated land to dryland production. It explains why minimizing cost of production may be critical to profit from this crop.

Explained in Brief: CWRS Wheat in Alberta – Canadian Western Red Spring (CWRS) wheat is the most popular class of hard red wheat in Canada, and Alberta grows one-third of it. The analysis looks at why the cost of production and profitability per bushel is comparable for both irrigated and dryland production systems. It covers how producers can work with tight but positive margins.


For more information about Explained in Brief, connect with Philippa Rodrigues, director of the Economics Section with AF:

Hours: 8:15 am to 4:30 pm (open Monday to Friday, closed statutory holidays)
Phone: 780-427-2799
Toll free: 310-0000 before the phone number (in Alberta)

For media inquiries about this article, call Alberta Agriculture and Forestry’s media line:

Phone: 780-422-1005