Despite dry conditions early in the year in many parts of Saskatchewan, farmers in this nation produced a crop that matches fairly well with the past few years in terms of volume.
StatsCan recently released its November crop report. So that covers pretty much all of the grain, oilseed and pulse crop production for the year. Nationally, the volume of output rose about six per cent.
The agency did not offer a detailed regional breakdown, but it had some highlights showing that Saskatchewan acreage for wheat was up nearly 15 per cent. Overall, production fell slightly – at a little over 41 bushels an acre, down just under one bushel – compared to a year earlier.
Canola yields rose one bushel, but total seeded land was down by half a million acres which resulted in less volume than in 2017.
One crop that was very popular this year was chickpeas, which saw output rise by more than 200 per cent as farmers have been increasing the number of acres devoted to the product.