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Canada's Big Crops Getting Bigger

August 22, 2013
By: Fran Howard, Contributing Writer
6 28 12 Canada

With no frost in sight, Canadian producers are poised for bin-busting grain crops this year.

Canada is poised for record wheat, canola, barley, oat and corn crops. And with no frost in sight, chances are Canadian producers will realize bin-busting crops across the board.

Looking at canola first, Canadian producers anticipate a record 14.7 million metric tons in 2013 due to a 21.9% year-over-year increase in the anticipated average yield of 33.7 bushels per acre, according to the latest report from Statistics Canada, which is based on a survey of producers taken in late July and early August.

Producers in all three prairie provinces anticipate an increase in canola production, despite lower harvested areas.

"Canola production is slightly less than expected, but larger than last year’s 13.2 million tons," says Bruce Burnett, weather and crop specialist with the Canadian Wheat Board. "Expectations were for a canola crop above 15 million tons."

This year’s canola crop was planted late due to cool, wet conditions in the Canadian prairies. Thus, Burnett says estimates for canola production could change as the crop progresses.

Bumper Wheat Crops

Canada’s total estimated wheat production is expected to reach 30.6 million metric tons this year, a 12.9% increase from last year, due to increases in both projected harvested acres and average yield. The report shows the average yield for all wheat is expected to increase 3.3% from a year ago to 44 bushels per acre.

Saskatchewan producers anticipate a 14% increase in total wheat production to 14.5 million tons, and Alberta growers expect a record yield of 49.6 bushels per acre.

"Growing conditions have been pointing to robust yields," says Burnett. This year’s anticipated 30.6 million metric tons, if realized, would be the largest crop since 1991, he adds.

Spring wheat production is estimated at 21.8 million metric tons due to an anticipated record yield of 43.1 bushels per acre.

"This is a very positive report for wheat," says Burnett. Projected durham wheat production of more than 5.1 million metric tons is also approaching the record production of a couple of years ago.

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