In addition to the April 24 acreage report, several other agricultural-related Statistics Canada reports will also be delayed due to the covid-19 pandemic.
“Given the covid-19 outbreak, senior management is currently reassessing all of the programs. So, the focus right now is on issuing critical surveys,” said John Seay of the agency’s Economic Statistics Field.
The acreage report originally planned for April 24 was to provide the first look at new-crop planting intentions across the country. According to Seay, StatsCan was only about halfway through its data collection for the report when the covid-19 related shutdowns started to happen.
The follow-up acreage report slated for June 29 – which would have served to further confirm actual planted acreages - will be postponed as well, as will be the stocks of principal field crops report that was to be released May 7.
Other agricultural reports on the horizon included farm income (May 26 and Nov. 25), and 2020 production estimates (Aug. 31, Sept. 14 and Dec. 3). At this point, Seay was unable provide any new release dates.
Source: DePutter Publishing Ltd.
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