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Stocks of principal field crops, July 31, 2014

Released: 2014-09-05

As of July 31, total stock levels for most crops were up sharply from the same date in 2013, following bumper production for many crops in that year, especially in the Prairies.

Total stocks of wheat increased 93.9% from the same date in 2013 to 9.8 million metric tonnes. This was driven by a 267.8% rise in on-farm stocks to 6.1 million tonnes, while commercial stock levels rose 9.9%. The on-farm stocks increase was led by Saskatchewan, where levels increased 2.8 million tonnes (+302.2%) to a record 3.7 million tonnes. On-farm stocks in Alberta also hit a record high (1.8 million tonnes).

Overall, total canola stocks rose 301.8% to 2.4 million tonnes as of July 31. This gain was mostly the result of a 697.8% increase in on-farm stocks to 1.4 million tonnes. Commercial stocks were up 127.2% to 927 100 tonnes.

Total stocks of barley were up 95.7% (or 940 900 tonnes) from the same date in 2013 to 1.9 million tonnes. Barley kept on farms accounted for most of the increase, with levels increasing 114.7% to 1.7 million tonnes. Meanwhile, commercial stocks rose 15.8% to 219 300 tonnes.

Total stocks of oats as of July 31 increased to 1.0 million tonnes, more than double the amount from the same date a year earlier. On-farm levels rose 153.7% to 850 000 tonnes, while commercial stocks increased 6.1%.

  Note to readers

Data on stocks of principal field crops held on farms come from the July Farm Survey of about 12,850 Canadian farmers conducted from July 23 to August 4, 2014.

Data on commercial stocks of western major crops originate from the Canadian Grain Commission. Data on commercial stocks of special crops originate from a survey of handlers and agents of special crops. Data on commercial stocks of corn and soybeans are estimated by a Statistics Canada survey of grain elevators in Eastern Canada.

National supply-disposition tables for the major grains and special crops are published jointly with the current release on stocks levels and are available in CANSIM tables 001-0041 to 001-0043.

Stocks data are subject to revision during the two years following their initial publication.

Percentage changes are calculated using unrounded data.

Release calendar: The dates for upcoming releases from the Field Crop Reporting Series are available online: Stocks of principal field crops, Principal field crop areas and Production of principal field crops.

Table CANSIM table001-0010: Estimated areas, yield, production and average farm price of principal field crops, in metric units.

Table CANSIM table001-0017: Estimated areas, yield, production, average farm price and total farm value of principal field crops, in imperial units.

Table CANSIM table001-0040: Stocks of grain and oilseeds at March 31, July 31 and December 31.

Table CANSIM table001-0041: Supply and disposition of grains in Canada as of March 31, July 31, August 31 (soybeans only) and December 31.

Table CANSIM table001-0043: Farm supply and disposition of grains as of March 31, July 31, August 31 (soybeans only) and December 31.

Definitions, data sources and methods: survey numbers survey number3401, survey number3403, survey number3404, survey number3443, survey number3464, survey number3476, survey number5046 and survey number5153.

Contact information

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