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Canadian Crop Statistics

28 June 2012

Canada Field Crop Reporting Series - 28 June 2012Canada Field Crop Reporting Series - 28 June 2012

As of June 7, 2012, Prairie farmers had either planted, or intended to plant, a record area of canola and larger areas of wheat, dry field peas and barley.
Canadian Crop Statistics

Overall, the area seeded to field crops this year has returned to levels seen prior to the 2011 floods in parts of Manitoba and Saskatchewan.

Farmers in these two provinces reported significantly fewer summerfallow acres. At the time of the survey, farmers reported that seeding had not been completed.

Seeding in some regions of Manitoba and Saskatchewan was delayed by rain and lingering wet conditions from last year.

As a result, estimates of seeded areas may change in the July survey, the results of which will be released on August 22.

Record canola acreage

Producers in the Prairies reported a record area of 21.0 million acres seeded in canola this year, up by 2.4 million acres or 12.8 per cent from 2011.

This would be the sixth consecutive annual record for canola area. In Manitoba, canola area was reported at a record high of 3.5 million acres, well above the 2.7 million acres in 2011.

Saskatchewan farmers reported planting 11.1 million acres of canola, exceeding the 2011 record of 9.8 million acres.

In Alberta, the canola area increased to a record high of 6.5 million acres.

Increased area of wheat

Farmers reported 23.8 million acres seeded in wheat this year, up by 2.3 million acres or 10.9 per cent from 2011. This increase is mainly a result of higher acreage seeded in durum and hard red spring wheat.

For a second consecutive year, Prairie farmers reported an increase in durum. From 4.0 million acres seeded to durum in 2011, this area increased 17.3 per cent to 4.7 million acres in 2012.

As for hard red spring wheat, its area increased 6.4 per cent to 15.1 million acres in 2012. Saskatchewan accounted for the majority of this increase with 845,000 additional acres seeded to hard red spring wheat in 2012.

Barley area on the rise

Prairie farmers reported seeding 6.9 million acres of barley in 2012, compared with 6.0 million acres in 2011. Saskatchewan farmers reported planting 2.6 million acres of barley, up by 465,000 acres or 21.4 per cent from the 2.2 million acres grown in 2011.

In Alberta, 3.8 million acres of barley were reported, an increase of 300,000 acres or 8.6 per cent over 2011.

Increased dry field pea area

The area planted to dry field peas on the Prairies was reported at 3.5 million acres, up 50.1 per cent from the 2.3 million acres planted in 2011.

The dry field pea area is up in all three Prairie provinces. The most significant increases are in Saskatchewan, where dry pea area was up 61.7 per cent to 2.5 million acres, and in Alberta, where it increased 24.2 per cent to 925,000 acres.

Soybean area increases

Farmers in Manitoba reported seeding 52.2 per cent more soybean area in 2012. The seeded area of 875,000 acres exceeds the record of 575,000 acres set in 2011.

In Ontario, soybean area has increased by 210,000 acres or 8.6 per cent, to 2.7 million acres. This area would surpass the 2010 and 2011 record area of 2.4 million acres.

Meanwhile, Quebec farmers reported a slight decrease in soybean area of 19,800 acres or 2.7 per cent to 721,500 acres in 2012.

Record corn for grain area

Ontario farmers seeded 2.3 million acres of corn for grain in 2012. This area exceeds the record of 2.2 million acres set in 1981.

Quebec farmers planted 1.0 million acres of corn for grain, up 13.4 per cent over the 2011 area of 882,200 acres.

Manitoba farmers reported a record corn for grain area of 300,000 acres, up 66.7 per cent over 2011. The previous record of 225,000 acres was set in 1981.

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