A better harvest expected in Western Canada in 2022

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Better harvest ;harvest expected in Western Canada in 2022

Statistics Canada says agricultural yields should be higher high, particularly for Manitoba, Alberta and Saskatchewan.

According to the latest data from Statistics Canada, conditions would be favorable for a very good harvest in the Prairies.

Canadian farmers should produce more wheat, canola, barley, oats, soybeans and grain corn than they do. #x27;did in 2021, writes the agency.

Satellite images to estimate harvests show that yields should be higher, particularly for the Manitoba, Alberta and Saskatchewan.

This is mainly due to better growing conditions than in 2021, according to Statistics Canada.

Most of the Prairies has received consistent precipitation since June, at the ;except southwestern and central Saskatchewan, the agency notes.

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National wheat production expected to increase 55.6% […] to settle at 34.7 million tonnes in 2022. It will be particularly favored in Alberta, where it should increase by 80%.

In general, the growth of the various productions is due to a considerable improvement in yields, according to Statistics Canada. (archives)

Compared to 2021, domestic canola production is expected to increase by 38.8%, especially in Saskatchewan (+43.5%). Soybean production is expected to increase by 3.7%, with notable growth in Manitoba (+30%).

This growth largely offsets a decrease in harvested areas for certain crops .

The latest agricultural bulletin from the Government of Saskatchewan is dated September 5th. It speaks of “great progress”, with 42% of harvests completed, slightly above the average of the last five years.

As harvest is in full swing, some prairie farmers are seeing a difference in what they pick up from their fields. That's according to Saskatchewan farmer Joël Denis, based in Saint-Denis, near Saskatoon.

We just finished gathering our harvest and it's been a good year for us. Canola did the average we wanted […] Wheat and lentils did more than we thought, so we're very happy with this year's results, he said interviewed on Point du jour.

Mr. Denis confirms that the weather has been favorable to them and that the rain has not harmed the harvest. It was a very, very good season for us, he says.

Manitoba farmer Paul Sabourin said the flooding has contributed to the delay in some harvests in the province. (archives)

In Manitoba, harvests are 10 days behind the last five years, according to the province's latest agricultural report. On average, at this time of year, 65% of the harvest is complete.

According to Paul Sabourin, a farmer in Saint-Jean-Baptiste south of Winnipeg, the floods have complicated his work. We barely finished sowing the crops after the waters receded, so we were done at the end of June, he explains.

Paul Sabourin adds that he only picked up 15% to 20% of his crops. Which is very little at this time of year, according to him.

However, for Marc Hutlet, who works for a company that sells seeds to the market east of Manitoba's capital, yields are promising, despite the difficult conditions.

Cereal yields are very good and the corn that was planted in May is very advanced . It will also give a very good return, he observes.

The month of September is very beautiful and then it helped a lot with the maturity of soybeans, sunflowers and corn, continues Marc Hutlet.

The two Manitoba farmers are hoping for good weather in October to end the harvest season on a high.

With information from Abdoulaye Cissoko

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