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Smallest Special Crop Harvest Since 2007

OTTAWA - Dec 3/21 - SNS -- Combined production of the major pulse and specialty crops sank 46% from last year to 4.558 million metric tons (MT), its lowest level since 2007, according to Statistics Canada's final crop report for 2021.

Unlike prior reports, the final yield and production estimates were based on a survey of roughly 27,200 Canadian farms between October 8 and November 12, 2021

In releasing its data, Statistics Canada noted, "Despite favorable spring seeding conditions across most of Canada, extremely hot and dry weather impacted crop development during the growing season in Western Canada."

As a result "several major field crops grown predominantly in Western Canada experienced their largest year-over-year yield decrease on record, falling to levels not seen in more than a decade."

The report was not a complete surprise to markets. There was a general expectation that average yields were lower than suggested by the August and September reports. Those used a model based approach based on satellite imaging and data from the Crop Condition Assessment Program which looks at overall plant health.

Significant Differences Between September and December

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