Grain production in Canada is as varied as our land and population. According to Statistics Canada, Canada’s major grain crops in 2016 included:
- wheat (durum, spring and winter)
- corn for grain
- mustard seed
- canary seed
- sunflower seed
- smaller crops such as quinoa, peas and various pulses.
Grain is grown in every province across the country and crops are produced based on their regional suitability. Visit our links and members pages to find out more about the individual crops in each region.
Sustainability practices have been incorporated into grain farming for decades. New advancements in technology as well as a better understanding of farming’s impact on the environment and ecology have allowed farmers to grow more products on the same amount of land while preserving and even improving the environment they rely on. In fact, a recent Food Sustainability Index report ranked Canada second for sustainable agriculture and third overall.
Studies have shown that without modern advancements in grain farming, we would need almost 50% more land to grow the same amount of food. Considering that modest estimates have us requiring at least 60% more food to meet global demand by 2050, it is crucial that Canadian farmers employ all tools at their disposal to continue producing safe, healthy food in a safe, sustainable manner.
To achieve these results, grain farmers utilize modern practices to ensure that Canadian agriculture will be productive for generations to come. Visit our Sustainability page for more information.
Grain farming is, and always has been, one of the most progressive and innovative industries around. From the first engine powered tractor in the 19th century, to self-driving equipment in development now, farming has come a long way from the pastoral images of yesteryear. The average farms in Canada are still 97% family run, but they function as efficient production systems, employing the most modern practices available.
Thanks to research and innovation, today’s grain farms harness plant genetics that limit the need for pesticides by building resistance into the seed and in turn dramatically increasing yields by reducing crop losses. In addition, the sky is truly the limit with precision agriculture as drones help farmers predict and prevent crop and soil issues that could cost them significant profit. Farmers themselves are innovators, known for finding creative on-farm solutions to problems that come up. Most agriculture companies work directly with farmers as they develop new seeds, machinery and processes.
Incorporating safe, healthy Canadian grains is a great way to ensure that you have a balanced diet.
Canola oil is rich in healthy fats, whole grains are linked to lower body weight and reduced risk of disease, oats are high in soluble fibres which help reduce cholesterol, and pulses are high in fibre, protein and essential nutrients. GGC is a proud partner of the Healthy Grains Institute which provides great resources to help you get the most out of grains.
The incredible variety of grains available means that no matter what your dietary needs might be, you can cook with products that you know have been grown with care by Canadian farmers.
Visit these great sites for recipes and inspiration to shake up your family’s meals!