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Canadian Farmers Plant More Canola, Less Wheat

Canadian Farmers Plant More Canola, Less Wheat

Wet fields impede planting in Canada

Canadian canola acreage may be up 1.5% this year and the soybean area could be record large, while wheat acreage may be down about 7.4%, Statistics Canada said on Friday.

Based on farmer surveys that concluded June 10, the agency expects 20.228 million acres of canola, up 1.5% from last year; 24.087 million acres of wheat, down 7.4%; and 5.583 million acres of soybeans, up 23.5%.

The increase in canola recovers some of the decline in 2013, when acreage dipped to 19.94 million from 2012's 22.02 million. The decline in wheat acreage pared the gains made in 2013.

Canadian farmers plant more canola, less wheat.

"Seeding is progressing well across Canada, but some farmers have reported that wet conditions have delayed or may stop seeding in some areas," the report said.

In Saskatchewan, canola acreage was up 1.9% to 10.7 million, Alberta planted 6.3 million, up 2.8%; while Manitoba planted 3.1 million, down 1.7%..

Saskatchewan spring wheat area was down 7.7% to 8.7 million acres, with hard red spring wheat down the most with 310,000 fewer acres, or 3.9%. Durum wheat fell 3.8% to 4.2 million.

 In Alberta, farmers reported a 7.8% drop in planted spring wheat acreage, while the durum wheat area was unchanged from 2013. Manitoba reported 2.7 million acres of spring wheat, down 7.5% from 2013.

Nationally, the soybean area could be a record for the sixth consecutive year, with increases reported in Quebec, Ontario, Manitoba, Saskatchewan and the Maritimes.

Crop acreages may be updated in subsequent surveys and final acreages will be released on December 4.

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