Production estimates

Agri-Food Statistics Update – Estimate of production of principal field crops, Alberta highlights is based on the latest crop production data released by Statistics Canada. Up-to-date statistics are supplemented with informative charts and diagrams. To gauge Alberta's performance, comparative data and information are often available for Canada and the provinces.

The following tables contain data from the November 2019 production estimates.

Table 1. Alberta crop production ('000 tonnes)

p Preliminary
- Not available
10-year average refers to 2009 to 2018

Source: Statistics Canada. Prepared by: Alberta Agriculture and Forestry, Statistics and Data Development Section
Crops 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019 10-year average % change
19 vs 18 19 vs average
Winter wheat 296.1 225.9 318.4 176.9 100.4 103.1 240.5 2.7% -57.1%
Spring wheat 8,369.1 7,247.6 8,204.4 8,720.0 8,771.6 9,512.8 8,056.6 8.4% 18.1%
Durum wheat 707.6 816.5 1,583.9 1,083.2 1,134.1 647.3 896.4 -42.9% -27.8%
All wheat 9,372.8 8,290.0 10,106.6 9,980.1 10,006.1 10,263.2 9,193.5 2.6% 11.6%
Oats 542.9 393.3 624.6 609.2 700.1 834.8 568.5 19.2% 46.9%
Barley 4,131.3 4,289.2 4,398.0 3,906.0 3,996.3 4,955.2 4,376.7 24.0% 13.2%
All rye 30.9 33.0 59.7 33.5 30.0 26.8 40.1 -10.7% -33.1%
Mixed grains 12.9 12.2 30.6 33.0 - 26.3 26.6 - -1.2%
Flaxseed 98.4 83.8 59.8 62.2 60.5 81.5 59.7 34.7% 36.6%
Canola 5,796.9 5,851.3 6,157.5 6,826.6 5,870.6 5,320.1 5,548.6 -9.4% -4.1%
Corn for grain 91.4 87.6 98.0 152.9 118.3 63.3 86.6 -46.5% -26.9%
Dry beans 66.0 47.9 61.6 61.5 72.8 65.3 53.3 -10.3% 22.5%
Fababeans 107.5 81.6 54.4 45.4 43.4 38.5 56.2 -11.3% -31.5%
Dry peas 1,475.1 1,314.5 2,271.2 1,991.5 1,608.4 1,685.9 1,364.5 4.8% 23.6%
Lentils 84.4 176.4 451.8 264.4 199.6 162.6 168.1 -18.5% -3.3%
Mustard seed 59.4 31.9 73.3 27.1 36.7 27.6 42.4 -24.8% -34.9%
Triticale 17.5 14.5 30.2 23.2 32.0 29.2 22.6 -8.8% 29.3%
Sugar beets 580.6 503.5 811.9 771.1 854.5 520.7 658.8 -39.1% -21.0%
All crops 22,468.0 21,210.7 25,289.2 24,787.7 23,629.3 24,101.0 22,195.5 2.0% 8.6%
Tame hay 6,976.3 4,640.2 7,239.3 7,175.8 6,035.7 6,674.7 6,846.4 10.6% -2.5%
Fodder corn 1,251.9 1,388.0 1,814.4 1,564.9 1,660.4 1,687.6 1,354.0 1.6% 24.6%
All forages 8,228.2 6,028.2 9,053.7 8,740.7 7,696.1 8,362.3 8,200.4 8.7% 2.0%
Total 30,696.2 27,238.9 34,342.9 33,528.4 31,325.4 32,463.3 30,466.4 3.6% 6.6%

Table 2. Alberta crop area and yield

p Preliminary
--- Not applicable
- Not available
10-year Avg yld refers to 2009 to 2018 average yield

Source: Statistics Canada. Prepared by: Alberta Agriculture and Forestry, Statistics and Data Development Section
Crops 2018 Seeded 2019p Seeded 2018 Harvested 2019p Harvested 2018 Yield 2019p Yield 10-year Avg yld Yield % change
19 vs 18 19 vs average
  ('000 acres) ('000 acres) (bu/acre)    
Winter wheat 67.9 79.9 65.0 77.3 56.8 49.0 56.8 -13.7% -13.7%
Spring wheat 6,265.0 6,587.6 6,156.1 6,389.0 52.4 54.7 50.8 4.4% 7.6%
Durum wheat 1,184.8 775.0 1,170.5 742.6 35.6 32.0 43.1 -10.1% -25.8%
All wheat 7,544.8 7,462.6 7,391.6 7,208.9 49.7 52.3 49.9 5.2% 4.7%
Oats 795.1 899.1 512.0 578.3 88.7 93.6 82.5 5.5% 13.5%
Barley 3,114.1 3,563.1 2,746.9 3,144.8 66.8 72.4 67.6 8.4% 7.0%
All rye 39.6 65.7 22.4 19.3 52.8 54.7 45.2 3.6% 21.1%
Mixed grains 179.0 162.9 - - - 62.8 53.7 - 16.9%
Flaxseed 91.6 114.0 91.6 106.6 26.0 30.1 29.9 15.8% 0.6%
Canola 6,810.0 5,933.5 6,679.2 5,820.8 38.8 40.3 39.4 3.9% 2.2%
Corn for grain 35.0 29.1 32.2 20.1 144.6 124.0 116.4 -14.2% 6.5%
Dry beans 62.5 57.2 60.8 53.9 44.0 44.5 40.7 1.1% 9.4%
Fababeans 34.7 35.0 33.3 31.5 48.0 44.8 47.5 -6.6% -5.6%
Dry peas 1,511.4 1,800.2 1,479.9 1,743.3 39.9 35.5 40.3 -11.0% -12.0%
Lentils 420.2 387.8 419.7 374.2 17.5 16.0 28.1 -8.6% -43.2%
Mustard seed 122.1 104.4 118.1 99.8 13.7 12.2 18.0 -11.2% -32.3%
Triticale 36.7 36.0 22.4 20.6 56.3 55.8 53.2 -0.9% 4.9%
          (tons/acre)    
Sugar beets 28.6 28.5 27.5 17.9 34.3 32.1 29.1 -6.4% 10.3%
Tame hay 4,325.5 4,187.1 4,066.0 3,852.1 1.6 1.9 1.7 16.5% 12.1%
Fodder corn 201.1 261.8 100.9 151.6 18.1 12.3 17.3 -32.4% -29.2%
Total 25,352.0 25,128.0 23,804.5 23,243.7 --- --- --- --- ---

Alberta crop reports

The Alberta Crop Report captures timely information relating to crop production in Alberta during the current crop season. This is done through surveys which collect data on various factors. See Alberta crop reports for:

  • current and past weekly crop reports
  • annual crop season review
  • annual greenfeed and silage production surveys

Supply and disposition

Released quarterly, the following publications contain data on historic and projected supplies, production, imports, exports, usage, and stocks of grains in Canada. Grains reported on include barley, canola, durum, flax, lentils, oats, peas and wheat (excluding durum).