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In 2023, total wheat production in Canada fell by 6.9% to 32 million tonnes due to the decline of production in the prairies.

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Drought has led to a decrease of agricultural production in the Prairies in 2023, according to Static Canada. In a report released Monday, the federal agency said this resulted in a significant decline in “wheat, canola, barley and oat” crops compared to 2022.

In 2023, total wheat production in Canada fell 6.9% to 32 million tonnes due to lower production in the Prairies.

This decrease is the result of a drop in yields which offset the 6% increase in harvested area, according to the Statistics Canada report. (New window)

Canola production fell 2% nationally to 18.3 million tonnes. However, harvested area increased 3% to 21.9 million acres.

According to Statistics Canada, the impact of harvest conditions Droughts particularly affected crops in Saskatchewan and Alberta.

In Saskatchewan, wheat production fell 6.7% to 14.2 million tonnes in 2023.

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Canola yields in the province declined 8.4%, causing production to decline 0.6% to 9.7 million tonnes.

Annual wheat production in Alberta fell 17.8% to 9.3 million tonnes.

Its canola production fell 3.5% to 5.4 million tonnes. The decline is attributable to the reduction in harvested area, indicates the federal agency.

Statistics Canada highlights in its report that Manitoba farmers produced less canola in 2023, a decrease of 3.5% to 3.1 million tonnes.

However, despite a drop in yield, the agency indicates that wheat production in the province increased by 8% to reach 5.1 million tonnes in 2023, an increase attributable to the increase in harvested area, specifies Statistics Canada.

The federal agency also indicates that Manitoba produced 1.8 million tonnes of corn, due to an increase in acreage, which increased by 47.2% to reach 547,600 acres.

Soybean production also saw a significant increase of 18.8% to reach 1.6 million tonnes in Manitoba.

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