OTTAWA Statistics Canada says corn growers in Southern Ontario had their best yields ever.
The StatCan report, released Feb. 12, says corn yields in Southern Ontario averaged 170.3 bushels per acre, up from a then-record 169.6 bu/ac in 2013 and the highest since StatCan started keeping track of numbers in 1976. StatCan considers Southern Ontario to include the counties of Hamilton, Niagara, Haldimand-Norfolk, Brant, Oxford, Elgin, Chatham-Kent, Essex, Lambton and Middlesex.
In Western Ontario, corn yields were 155.6 bu/ac, down slightly from 157.3 bu/ac in 2013. The average provincial corn yield last year was 151.3 bu/ac. Western Ontario includes the counties of Peel, Dufferin, Wellington, Halton, Waterloo, Perth, Huron, Bruce, Grey and Simcoe, according to StatCan.
Soybean yields in Southern Ontario were 48.2 bu/ac, up from 45.9 bu/ac in 2013. In Western Ontario, soybeans were down slightly to 45.7 bu/ac in 2014 from 46.8 bu/ac in 2013. The provincial average last year was 40.6 bu/ac.
Wheat yields in Southern Ontario were 76.6 bu/ac, down from 81.2 bu/ac in 2013. In Western Ontario, wheat yields were down to 76.4 bu/ac, a decrease from 79.9 bu/ac in 2013 and the lowest since 73.5 bu/ac in 2010. The average provincial yield last year was 62.1 bu/ac.