2016 Wheat yields break Ontario records, grain corn and soybean production falls: Stats Can

By John Miner, The London Free Press

John Miner/The London Free Press

John Miner/The London Free Press

Ontario farmers had the highest wheat yields in the province's history in 2016, but saw production drop substantially for the other two major cash crops, grain corn and soybeans, Statistics Canada reported Tuesday.

Wheat yields in Ontario hit a record high average yield of 90.9 bushels an acre, up 15.9 per cent over 2015, according to the report that is based on a survey of 26,500 Canadian farmers.

The Statistics Canada report confirms earlier private industry reports that suggested many farmers in the London region were harvesting the largest wheat crops of their careers with an ideal growing season for the cereal crop.

But the season wasn't as ideal for soybeans in Ontario, with production falling 9.5 per cent.

The drop was blamed on a lower average yield of 45.9 bushels per acre, down 1.9 per cent from 2015, and a fall in harvested area to 2.7 million acres.

Corn for grain dropped 8.9 per cent to 8.0 million tonnes due to a 7.1 per cent drop in the average yield to 158.5 bushels an acre.

On a national basis, Statistics Canada reported:

  • Total wheat production expected to increase 15 per cent year a year earlier to 31.7 million tonnes
  • Canola production remained virtually the same as the year before at 18.4 million tonnes
  • Corn for grain production fell 2.7 per cent to 13.2 million tonnes
  • Soybean production set a record for the eighth year in a row, up 1.4 per cent from 2015 to 6.5 million tonnes
  • Lentil production, concentrated in Saskatchewan, reached a record high with output up 27.9 per cent to 3.2 million tonnes
  • Barley production rose 6.8 per cent to 8.8 million tonnes
  • Canadian oat production fell 8.2 per cent to 3.1 million tonnes