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Stocks of principal field crops, July 31, 2015

Released: 2015-09-03

As of July 31, Canada's total stock levels for most major crops were notably reduced from the same date a year earlier. In 2014, stock holdings were still augmented by the 2013 bumper crop.

Total stocks of wheat decreased 32.0% from the same date in 2014 to 7.1 million tonnes. This decline is explained by a decrease in on-farm stocks (-51.3%) and commercial stocks (-6.5%). The drop in on-farm stocks is mainly attributable to Saskatchewan (-50.7%).

At the national level, end of July canola stocks fell 22.8% to 2.3 million tonnes as a result of a 46.5% decline in on-farm stocks, as commercial stocks increased 17.5%.

Total barley stocks declined 37.6% to 1.2 million tonnes as of July 31. On-farm stocks, which account for over 85% of total stocks, decreased 38.7% to 1.0 million tonnes. Commercial stocks fell 29.8% to 172 000 tonnes.

Total stocks of oats fell 35.4% to 681 000 tonnes. On-farm stock levels led this decline, falling 42.2%. Commercial stocks, by comparison, declined 3.3%.


  Note to readers

Data on stocks of principal field crops held on farms come from the July Farm Survey of about 13,000 Canadian farmers conducted from July 22 to August 3, 2015. The July Farm Survey also has two questions pertaining to permanent on-farm grain storage capacity and the percentage of grain stored on farms using temporary storage methods.

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 stock 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. Revisions are published in the July stocks report, which is released in September.

Release calendar: The dates for upcoming releases from the Field Crop Reporting Series are available online.

Contact information

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