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Canadian Sphagnum Peat Moss Association Announces Results of 2017 Harvest Season (as of August 31)

ST. ALBERT, Alberta, Canada (September 28, 2017)

The Canadian Sphagnum Peat Moss Association (CSPMA), whose members represent 95 percent of the North American peat production, has an announcement regarding the level of harvest for the 2017 season.

A survey of members was conducted on the status of their 2017 Actual Harvest as a percentage of their 2017 Expected Harvest on August 31.

Overall the season has been satisfactory with some but not all peatland harvest regions achieving their expected harvest volumes.

In New Brunswick, the industry is almost at or slightly above its expected harvest volumes. (New Brunswick North, 104%, New Brunswick South, 98%). The harvest on Québec’s South Shore (90%) is below expectations.  A cool moist spring and parts of the summer account for the shortfall. In Québec’s North Shore (98%) the results are more favourable with some producers achieving and exceeding their harvest expectations.

The Prairie Provinces (MB, SK & AB), have experienced a mixed harvest season. (Manitoba, 110%; Saskatchewan, 78%; Alberta, 78%). A prolonged spring and cool wet summer months account for the poorer showing in Saskatchewan and Alberta. Minnesota has experienced a similarly lower than expected harvest with only 53% achieved.

Further adjustments to this release may be made dependent on the ability to harvest in the fall season.

As in the past, the Canadian Sphagnum Peat Moss Association (CSPMA) members are committed to working cooperatively with their commercial business partners.

Definitions:

« 2017 Actual Harvest »: The volume of CFT of harvest that corporately was achieved as of August 31, plus, what can reasonably be expected to be harvested for the last few weeks of the season considering « normal » harvesting conditions.

 

« 2017 Expected Harvest »: The volume of CFT that equates to a) market needs, plus, b) anticipated buffer as at the end of the 2017 season, minus, c) inventory on hand at the start of the 2017 season (what was left of the 2016 buffer).