Seed Industry Stats

This section will provide you with fast facts about the Canadian seed industry and specifically pedigreed (certified) seed and expected trends.

Canadian Seed Market

  • Canada’s seed industry is estimated to employ 57,420 Canadians directly and indirectly.
  • Domestic seed production created a value of $2.15 billion, and was the basis for crop production that generated over $22 billion of farm gate revenue in 2011.
  • Seed exports accounted for an extra $450 million in value for 2013, up from $220 million in 2010.
  • The largest importers of Canadian seed are the US (75%), the Netherlands (4%), China (3%), Germany (3%) and Japan (3%).  Together, these countries accounted for approximately 88% of total Canadian seed exports in 2011/2012.
  • In 2011 value of all crops in Canada increased by 52% ($22.4 billion) from 2006
  • Wheat is the most widely grown crop among pedigreed seed producers at 387,000 acres in 2012, followed by soybeans at 255,000 acres.

Pedigreed (certified) seed trends

21x21-chart-icon Pedigreed seed varieties increased from 557 in 1978 to 2,076 in 2012
21x21-chart-icon Inspected acres by commodity totaled 1.2 million acres in 2012
21x21-chart-icon 1.2 million acres of pedigreed seed inspected in 2012 (8% over 2011)

Number of farms

21x21-chart-icon Consolidation and increase in average farm size decreased the number of farms to 3,593 in 2012 from a high of 5,723 in 1982
21x21-chart-icon The average size of farms (acreage) increased to 340.8 acres in 2012 from 126.5 acres in 1978

Data contained in this section is a representation of CSGA records.  Data and information has also been copied with permission from the authors of the 2013 Canadian Seed Sector Profile draft report prepared by Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada and presented at the February 2012 Seed Sector Value Chain Round Table (SSVCRT). Contributing resources referenced in the report include Statistics Canada and the Food and Agricultural Organization (FAO).