September 26, 2011
Eastern peat harvest difficult in 2011
The Canadian Sphagnum Peat Moss Association (CSPMA), whose members represent 95 per cent of the North American peat production, reports that harvest has been very difficult this year in the East with only 15 to 30 per cent of historically-targeted requirements having been met. Current conditions are so restricting that the harvest season is effectively completed.

In Western Canada weather conditions have been better and harvest is continuing in some locations. However potential area of harvest represents approximately 30 to 40 per cent of the total Canadian production.

Continuous and heavy rainfall conditions throughout Eastern Canadian peat harvest regions have impacted the ability of the industry to harvest expected volumes. The areas hardest hit are the provinces of New Brunswick and Qu├ębec. These areas account for 60 to 70 per cent of all of Canada's peat production. The outcome is that overall the industry is facing one of its poorest peat harvest seasons.

The peat industry is committed to working cooperatively with its commercial business partners to minimize the short term impacts for the horticultural and agricultural industries.