September 19, 2013
Adverse weather has affected Canadian harvest of peat moss across the country
As of August 31, expected harvest volumes in Eastern Canada (N.B., P.E.I. and N.S.) are down considerably. A late and interrupted start to the harvest season combined with a wet late summer has significantly restricted the production. In Québec's North Shore, the production has been at or slightly above expectations. However, due to weather-related harvest challenges, the harvest on Québec’s South Shore is below average.

In the Prairie Provinces (Man., Sask. and Alta.), regions in Alberta experienced anywhere from a below average to well below average harvest level primarily due to adverse weather. However, this may be adjusted slightly due to favourable weather conditions the first part of September. Manitoba and Saskatchewan have experienced varied harvest weather conditions, however, an average level of production has been achieved in these provinces.

Inventory has been carried over from the 2012 harvest, which will help offset the reduced 2013 harvest. The Canadian Sphagnum Peat Moss Association (CSPMA) members, who represent 95 per cent of the North American Peat Moss production, are committed to working cooperatively with their commercial business partners to ensure that supply equates demand year-in, year-out.