Saskatchewan’s many different soil zones and climate make it an ideal location to grow high quality annual forages. Potential annual forage crops include barley, oats, wheat, triticale, annual ryegrass, pea mixtures.
Saskatchewan oilseed production has grown successfully over the last 30 years. The second largest crop grown in the province is now canola – a crop that did not exist 30 years ago.
Saskatchewan continues to be a leader in cereal crop production across the country. Saskatchewan produces both spring and winter wheat and supplies 10 per cent of the world’s total exported wheat, and is Canada’s most important grain-producing region.
Saskatchewan producers are the world’s largest mustard exporters. Mustard varieties grown in Saskatchewan include Yellow, Brown and Oriental.
Saskatchewan accounts for about 70 per cent of Canada’s flaxseed, representing 25 per cent of world production.
Saskatchewan producers grew pea varieties on over 1 million ha in Saskatchewan in 2004. It has been a leading alternative crop as farmers move to diversify crop production. In 2005, almost 2.7 M ac of peas were planted in Saskatchewan, producing over 2.4 M tonnes.
Saskatchewan’s location in Canada’s prime barley growing region and our abundant fresh air and water makes it an exceptional location for malting plants. Saskatchewan has some of the greatest barley-growing soil in the world. Hulless, feed and malting barley are just some of the varieties grown here.