5 Impressive Saskatchewan Farming Facts
Saskatchewan is known as Canada’s breadbasket, and for good reason. That said, our agricultural system extends far beyond wheat. From fruit to eggs and everything in between, the farmers in our provinces produce high-quality food that feeds the world. Are you thinking of joining their ranks? If so, here are five Saskatchewan farming facts that will truly inspire you.
1) Saskatchewan exports 90 per cent of Canada’s pulses
A whopping 90 per cent of all Canadian pulse exports come from Saskatchewan. Even more impressive, our province is responsible for 35 per cent of pulses traded globally. Those numbers are pretty significant, especially given the popularity of these nutritional powerhouses—which include lentils, beans, peas, and chickpeas.
Pulses are a great source of plant-derived protein, fibre, vitamins, and minerals. They also have a low carbon footprint, require little to no irrigation, and act as natural fertilizers. As consumers continue to embrace plant-based diets and eco-friendly lifestyles, Saskatchewan’s pulse production will only strengthen its position as a world agricultural leader.
2) Saskatchewan farmers produce 2.26 million kgs of fruit annually
Fruit probably isn’t the first thing you think of when you hear the words “Saskatchewan” and “farming.” That said, the province produces 2.26 million kgs of it every year. From fruits that are native to the province (such as Saskatoon berries) to those that have been bred to thrive in our environmental conditions (like apples), the variety provided by our growers is incredible.
Moving forward, Saskatchewan continues to diversify its fruit offerings. Haskap (an edible honeysuckle enjoyed in Japan and Russia) and dwarf sour cherries are just two increasingly popular fruits that are being produced in the province.
3) One third of mustard traded globally comes from Saskatchewan
No list of Saskatchewan farming facts would be complete without a reference to one of the world’s most popular condiments. Did you know that a third of all mustard traded in the world comes from Saskatchewan? The crop is grown in abundance in the province, where the yellow, brown, and oriental varieties flourish.
While we’ve long been known as a mustard giant, Saskatchewan is making new strives to increase the production and quality of its plants. Recently, Mustard 21 (a non profit associated with the Saskatchewan Mustard Development Commission) completed a research and development project aimed at creating a “Canadian advantage” for the crop.
4) In 2017, Saskatchewan hens produced over 32 million dozen eggs
Saskatchewan is also a prime place for egg production. Hens in the province produced over 32 million eggs in 2017—an increase of 4 per cent from the previous year. Of course, it’s not just quantity that matters. Saskatchewan farmers are also proud to produce a quality product—while adhering to high standards for animal health and welfare. Those interested in starting their own operations should look into the financial support available through the Saskatchewan Egg Producers’ New Entrant Program.
5) There were 34,523 farms in Saskatchewan in 2016
It’s one of the ultimate Saskatchewan farming facts: the number of farms in the province. As of 2016 (the last date for which there’s census data available), there were over 34,000 Saskatchewan farms. Notably, the number of operators under the age of 35 is on the rise, which is great for the province’s agriculture industry. If you’re thinking of starting or expanding on a farm operation, you'll find no shortage of opportunities. Look into the provincial and federal funding available—and don’t forget that real estate and mortgage professionals with farmland expertise can answer any questions you might have.
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