There are over 9,000 Saskatchewan farmers that grow oats across the province! These producers contribute to the 1.5 million tonnes (1.7 million tons) of oats produced in Saskatchewan each year.
Canada exports approximately 60% of the oats grown across the country. Oats are exported mainly to the United States, however, other countries such as Mexico, Switzerland, South Africa, Ecuador, Algeria and Japan also import oats. The grain is taken from elevators on trains and put onto ships to transport to these international countries that buy Canadian grain.
There has been huge growth in the oats industry since the 1980s because of the huge increase in exports. Initially, Canada only exported a tiny percentage of the oats grown here but now it has become a major Canadian export.