Eastern Canadian peat moss production down for 2013

In Eastern Canada (NB, NS & PEI), the peat moss industry is considerably below average in its expected harvest volumes. A late and interrupted start to the harvest season combined with a wet late summer has significantly restricted the production. In Québec's North Shore, the production has been at or slightly above expectations. However, due to weather-related harvest challenges the harvest on Québec’s South Shore is below average.

In the Prairie Provinces (MB, SK & AB), Alberta has experienced a below average to well below average harvest level primarily due to adverse weather. However, this may be adjusted slightly due to favorable weather conditions the first part of September. Manitoba and Saskatchewan have experienced varied harvest weather conditions, however, an average level of production has been achieved in these provinces.

Further adjustments to this August 31st release might be made dependent on the ability to harvest in the fall season, particularly in Alberta. Additionally, it should be noted that industry had carryover inventory volumes from the previous harvest season. In Eastern Canada, these volumes will help offset the reduced harvest. In the West the carryover inventory was less. This will have a lesser positive impact on the overall supply.

As in the past, the Canadian Sphagnum Peat Moss Association (CSPMA) members, who represent 95 percent of the North American Peat Moss production, are committed to working cooperatively with their commercial business partners to ensure that supply equates demand year-in, year-out.

Source: Canadian Sphagnum Peat Moss Association

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