Canadian harvest of Peat Moss: 2019 as of August 31
by Canadian Sphagnum Peat Moss Association
October 20, 2019

The Canadian Sphagnum Peat Moss Association (CSPMA), whose members represent 95 percent of the North American sphagnum peat moss production, has an announcement regarding the level of harvest for the 2019 season.

A survey of members was conducted on the status of their 2019 Actual Harvest as a percentage of their 2019 Expected Harvest on August 31.

Overall, the season was not satisfactory with no peatland harvest regions achieving their expected harvest volumes, though most of the members entered the season with a comfortable carry over / buffer from the prior year.

A regional breakdown follows:

In New Brunswick, both North (82%) and South (88%) regions were well below expected harvest volumes. The periods of inclement weather during summer combined with a cool spring affected the harvest. The harvest on Québec’s South Shore (94%), while below expectations, was the closest region to achieve its targeted volumes. A moist spring and significant summer storm events account for the shortfall. In Québec's North Shore (89%), the results are also lower, reflecting similar climatic conditions.

The Prairie Provinces (MB (89%), SK (76%) & AB (53%)), have experienced a mixed and generally poorer harvest season. While the spring started relatively dry in Alberta and Saskatchewan the summer’s consistent cool and wet weather accounted for the decrease. This was particularly relevant for Alberta. Minnesota (80%) experienced a lower than expected harvest and was impacted by similar weather patterns that brought rain and cool temperatures during the peak of the harvest season.

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

Definitions: « 2019 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.

« 2019 Expected Harvest »: The volume of CFT that equates to a) market needs, plus, b) anticipated buffer as at the end of the 2019 season, minus, c) inventory on hand at the start of the 2019 season (what was left of the 2018 buffer).

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