In spite of small declines, Alberta posts positive harvest numbers

By The Canadian Press
December 7, 2017 - 1:48pm

EDMONTON -  Alberta's Crown-owned bank says farmers in the province generally had an O-K year.

ATB Financial says despite earlier concerns of drought, wheat production edged up almost one per cent from the previous year to 10 million tonnes.

But the average yield fell by 5.4 bushels per acre to 52.6 bushels per acre.

Canola production increased nearly 11 per cent to 6.8 million tonnes, mainly due to an increase in the harvested area.

The average yield for canola fell by 2.7 bushels per acre to 43.7 bushels per acre.

Barley production fell 11.2 per cent to 3.9 million tonnes -- partly due to bad weather and a reduction in the harvested area.

The average yield for barley shrank by 5.9 bushels per acre to 71.78 bushels per acre.

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