Field Crops in Canada

Release date: May 31, 2017
Infographic: Field Crops in Canada
Description: Field Crops in Canada

In 2016, field crops and hay covered 92.7 million acres. Over the last 50 years the average acreage of field crops and hay has tripled to 479 acres per farm operation.

Largest field crops (excluding hay) in acres, by province
Province Largest field crop by province Area (in acres)
British Columbia Spring wheat 100,929
Alberta Canola 6,165,746
Saskatchewan Canola 11,069,557
Manitoba Canola 3,199,644
Ontario Soybeans 2,783,443
Quebec Corn for grain 980,588
New Brunswick Potatoes 46,240
Nova Scotia Corn for grain 20,037
Prince Edward Island Potatoes 83,326
Newfoundland and Labrador Corn for silage 509
Largest field crops by acreage in 2016
Crop Acres
Canola 20,606,778
Spring wheat 15,693,427
Barley 6,696,068
Durum wheat 6,062,953
Soybeans 5,615,864

Crops on the rise

  • Lentil acreage has more than tripled over the last 15 years to 5.6 million acres.
  • Soybean acreage has doubled over the last 15 years to 5.6 million acres.

Did you know?

  • 1 in 4 acres of potatoes in Canada were in Prince Edward Island.
  • In 2016, 1 in 6 farms reported growing canola, an oilseed developed in Canada.

Source: Census of Agriculture, 1966, 2001 and 2016.

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