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					Census of Agriculture                                                                                 Prince Edward Island Highlights

                                                        1991                           1996                  % Change              1996

                                                                             excluding Christmas tree                      including Christmas tree
 VARIABLE                                                                         only farms (1)                                only farms (1)
 CENSUS FARMS (2)
 Total census farms                                                  2,361                           2,200          -6.8                         2,217
 Farms with gross farm receipts of
 $100,000 or more (3)                                                  767                            771            0.5                          771

 LAND                                                    *acres                        *acres                                      *acres

 Land in crops                                                    380,796                         420,971           10.6                     420,971
 Summerfallow                                                       2,464                             903          -63.4                         903
 Total pasture land (4)                                            86,843                          67,369          -22.4                      67,415
 All other land (5)                                               169,590                         165,131           -2.6                     166,076
 TOTAL land on census farms                                       639,693                         654,374            2.3                     655,365
 Average census farm size                                              271                            297            9.6                          296
 FIVE MAJOR CROPS (6)
 1) Total hay and fodder crops                                    125,964                        134,761             7.0                     134,761
 2) Potatoes                                                        77,809                       108,158            39.0                     108,158
 3) Barley                                                          84,183                        90,576             7.6                      90,576
 4) Mixed grains                                                    40,742                         24,514          -39.8                        24,514
 5) Spring wheat (excluding durum)                                   8,714                         19,880          128.1                        19,880
 LAND MANAGEMENT
 Area irrigated (7)                                                    939                           2,684         185.8                         2,684
 Area applied with commercial
   fertilizer (7)                                                 252,336                        295,295            17.0                     295,393
 Area treated with herbicides (7)                                 182,322                        225,720            23.8                     225,772
 Area tilled retaining most of
   the residue on surface                                           21,698                         46,914          116.2                        46,914
 Area tilled incorporating most of
   the residue into soil                                          251,851                        236,609            -6.1                     236,609
 Area of no-till                                                    2,517                          5,161           105.0                       5,161

 LIVESTOCK AND POULTRY                               # of animals                   # of animals                                 # of animals
 Total cattle and calves                                           94,573                         94,611              --                      94,611
 Total beef cows                                                   12,977                         16,472            26.9                      16,472
 Total dairy cows                                                  18,318                         16,353           -10.7                      16,353
 Total sheep and lambs                                              3,394                          2,996           -11.7                       2,996
 Total pigs                                                       106,728                        117,560            10.1                     117,560
 Total hens and chickens                                          429,724                        352,488           -18.0                     352,488

 RECEIPTS AND EXPENSES (3)                          (1995 dollars)                  (1995 dollars)                              (1995 dollars)
 Total gross farm receipts                                     299,128,121                    349,105,389           16.7                  349,195,896
 Average gross farm receipts                                       126,696                        158,684           25.2                      157,508
 Total interest expense                                         19,094,624                     19,137,120            0.2                   19,138,620
 Average interest expense                                           13,456                         14,939           11.0                       14,929
 Total operating expenses                                      234,653,652                    288,487,044           22.9                  288,600,073
 Average operating expense                                          99,387                        131,130           31.9                      130,176

 CAPITAL AND DEBT                                          $                              $                                           $
 Total farm capital value (8)                                  941,533,039                1,415,242,175             50.3              1,417,138,775
 Average capital value                                             398,786                      643,292             61.3                    639,215
 Total farm debt outstanding (9)                               180,497,000                  310,885,000             72.2
 * Land area is reported in acres. One acre equals 0.40 hectares or 1.18 arpents.
 -- too small to be expressed

                                                                   Statistics Canada
National and Provincial Highlights notes:

(1)   Christmas tree only farm operations were enumerated for the first time in the 1996 Census of
      Agriculture. Farms which produced Christmas trees as well as other agricultural products were
      included in censuses prior to 1996. To allow for comparison to previous census data, Christmas
      tree only farms have been excluded from the second column of the table.

(2)   Farm operations enumerated in the 1996 Census of Agriculture include all agricultural operations
      producing at least one of the following products for sale: Crops (field crops, tree fruits or nuts,
      berries or grapes, vegetables, seed); Livestock (cattle, pigs, sheep, horses, game animals, other
      livestock); Poultry (hens, chickens, turkeys, chicks, game birds, other poultry); Animal Products
      (milk or cream, eggs, wool, furs, meat); or Other Agricultural Products(greenhouse or nursery
      products, Christmas trees, mushrooms, sod, honey, maple syrup products).

(3)   Receipts and expenses refer to the year prior to census year, i.e., 1995 (1990).

      These figures are expressed in constant 1995 dollars. Constant dollar conversion accounts for
      changes in farm product and input prices. Constant dollars allow for analysis of financial trends
      over time while maintaining parity with the base year.

      Farm business operating expenses collected on the Census of Agriculture refer to the calendar or
      fiscal year prior to census year and do not include depreciation or capital cost allowance.

(4)   Total pasture combines tame or seeded pasture and natural land for pasture.

(5)   All other land includes Christmas tree area.

(6)   These are the five largest crops in terms of area seeded.

(7)   Data refer to the year prior to census year, i.e. 1995 (1990).

(8)   Farm capital includes the value of all land, buildings, machinery, equipment (including passenger
      vehicles), livestock and poultry. Values for livestock and poultry inventories reported in the census
      are derived from data on average farm prices for the respective types of livestock and poultry. The
      values for land and buildings as well as machinery and equipment are reported by respondents.
      Farm capital does not include the value of crops in the field or in storage, or farm inputs on hand,
      such as fertilizer and seed.

(9)   The source of total farm debt outstanding data is Agriculture Economic Statistics; Statistics Canada
      Catalogue No. 21-603-UPE. These figures represent the total amounts of debt outstanding to
      agricultural producers as of December 31 of 1990 and 1995.

				
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