2019 Annual Forage Seed Usage Survey

Integrated Business Statistics Program (IBSP)

Reporting guide

This guide is designed to assist you as you complete the 2019 Annual Forage Seed Usage Survey. If you need more information, please call the Statistics Canada Help Line at the number below.

Your answers are confidential.

Statistics Canada is prohibited by law from releasing any information it collects which could identify any person, business, or organization, unless consent has been given by the respondent or as permitted by the Statistics Act.

Statistics Canada will use information from this survey for statistical purposes.

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Table of contents

Reporting instructions

  • Report dollar amounts in thousands of Canadian dollars.
  • Report dollar amounts in exact dollars and cents e.g., $100.12.
  • Report dollar amounts rounded to the nearest dollar.
  • Exclude sales tax.
  • Report the number of hours using exact hours and a decimal e.g., 37.25.
  • Percentages should be rounded to whole numbers.
  • When precise figures are not available, provide your best estimates.
  • Enter '0' if there is no value to report.


Legal Name

The legal name is one recognized by law, thus it is the name liable for pursuit or for debts incurred by the business or organization. In the case of a corporation, it is the legal name as fixed by its charter or the statute by which the corporation was created.

Modifications to the legal name should only be done to correct a spelling error or typo.

To indicate a legal name of another legal entity you should instead indicate it in question 3 by selecting 'Not currently operational' and then choosing the applicable reason and providing the legal name of this other entity along with any other requested information.

Operating Name

The operating name is a name the business or organization is commonly known as if different from its legal name. The operating name is synonymous with trade name.

Current main activity of the business or organization

The North American Industry Classification System (NAICS) is an industry classification system developed by the statistical agencies of Canada, Mexico and the United States. Created against the background of the North American Free Trade Agreement, it is designed to provide common definitions of the industrial structure of the three countries and a common statistical framework to facilitate the analysis of the three economies. NAICS is based on supply-side or production-oriented principles, to ensure that industrial data, classified to NAICS, are suitable for the analysis of production-related issues such as industrial performance.

The target entity for which NAICS is designed are businesses and other organizations engaged in the production of goods and services. They include farms, incorporated and unincorporated businesses and government business enterprises. They also include government institutions and agencies engaged in the production of marketed and non-marketed services, as well as organizations such as professional associations and unions and charitable or non-profit organizations and the employees of households.

The associated NAICS should reflect those activities conducted by the business or organizational unit(s) targeted by this questionnaire only, and which can be identified by the specified legal and operating name. The main activity is the activity which most defines the targeted business or organization's main purpose or reason for existence. For a business or organization that is for-profit, it is normally the activity that generates the majority of the revenue for the entity.

The NAICS classification contains a limited number of activity classifications; the associated classification might be applicable for this business or organization even if it is not exactly how you would describe this business or organization's main activity.

Please note that any modifications to the main activity through your response to this question might not necessarily be reflected prior to the transmitting of subsequent questionnaires and as a result they may not contain this updated information.

Question 5

Forage seed are species of seed that produce forage plants (whole plants grown to feed livestock). Forage seed is divided into two categories, legumes and grasses:

  • legumes are plants used primarily for grazing purposes for animals, such as clover
  • grasses can also be used for food, such as wheat grass but can also be used for producing sod, such as red fescue.

Questions 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13

Commercial (common seed)

Commercial or common seed refers to non-pedigreed seed whose varietal origin or purity is uncertain and is not subject to meeting the higher pedigreed seed requirements of the Canadian seed certification system.


Seed of pedigreed status can be traced back to plant breeders, is produced under crop production and varietal purity standards set by the Canadian Seed Growers' Association and meets specific physical purity and germination standards established and verified by the Canadian Food Inspection Agency.

Note: Pedigreed varieties became active as a type on the data table (32-10-0043) in 2015. Prior to 2015, pedigreed varieties were split into two types: pedigreed public varieties and pedigreed proprietary varieties. However, these are both now terminated series on the table.

Examples of other species

Other legume species:

  • clover, berseem
  • clover, crimson
  • vetch.

Other perennial forage species:

  • ryegrass, Italian
  • fescue, hard
  • brome grass, hybrid.

Other grass and native species:

  • big bluestem grass
  • little bluestem grass
  • switchgrass.

Thank you for your participation.

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