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Canadian Sphagnum Peat Moss Association Announces

Results of 2015 Harvest Season (as of August 31)
by Paul Short
September 30, 2015

The Canadian Sphagnum Peat Moss Association (CSPMA), whose members represent approximately 95 percent of all North American peat production, has an announcement regarding the 2015 harvest season.

A survey of CSPMA members was conducted on August 31 regarding the status of their 2015 Actual Harvest (including an estimate of what can be expected to be harvested for the remainder of the season) as a percentage of their 2015 Expected Harvest.

In general, the harvest season has been adequate but the lack of a strong harvest overall may challenge peat availability. The Prairie Provinces (Manitoba 98%, Saskatchewan 88% & Alberta 94%), experienced early favourable weather conditions and a strong start to the year. This helped to minimize periodic negative weather related conditions during the balance of the harvest season and the harvest numbers are close to achieving the expected amounts.

In Qu├ębec's North Shore (52%), and South Shore (72%) the results are well below expectations. This is primarily due to a later start and continuous, often heavy rain throughout the balance of the season.

In the Maritime Provinces (New Brunswick [NB] & Prince Edward Island [PEI]), the largest peat producing region in Canada, the industry has achieved its expected harvest volumes. (NB)North 98%, NB South 94% and PEI 88%). More favourable weather conditions allowed for longer stretches of harvesting and a normal harvest year.

Further adjustments to this release may be made dependent on the ability to harvest in the fall season. Currently, due to a relatively low entry inventory level and regional harvest shortages the supply of product particularly from the East may suffer. Customers may see product from non-regional shipping points and, as a result, higher transportation costs may occur.

As in the past, the CSPMA members are committed to working cooperatively with their commercial business partners to minimize the disruptions from the adverse harvest season.

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