Canada's Lentil Production Soars as Spring Wheat Slips

June 29, 2016 11:43 AM
Canada's Lentil Production Soars as Spring Wheat Slips

Canadian farmers planted nearly 50% more lentils and also planted more soybeans, but spring wheat acreage fell, according to a June 29 Stats Canada Principal Field Crops Area reports.

“There has been a swing from cereals into oilseeds,” which met trade expectations, observed Bruce Burnett of G3 Market Research, commenting on the report during a MGEX conference call Wednesday.

“The swing has been out of spring wheat, oats and barley,” Burnett explained. Dry weather during planting encouraged producers to increase acreage, he observed.

Favorable weather has held for Canadian producers, with total crop land lying fallow at a record low, the report said.  Lentil acreage rose 47.8% to 5.8 million acres, and soybean acres gained 1% at 5.5 million acres. Corn for grain acres also increased 1.7% to 3.3 million acres. Acreage for spring wheat, oats and barley declined slightly.

Wheat acreage declined 3.9% to 23.2 million acres, and canola acres fell 0.4% to 20 million acres.

Spring wheat plantings fell 9.2% to 15.4 million acres, but durum wheat went up 4.8% to 6.1 million acres.

Producers in Saskatchewan decreased wheat acres 7.1% to 12.1 million. Alberta producers planted 6.6 million wheat acres, a decline of 2.7%. However, while spring wheat acres fell, durum wheat acres were up 34.1% to 1.1 million acres, the highest since 2002.

Manitoba producers also reported planting 3.8% less spring wheat, at 2.8 million acres.

Canola production fell only slightly to 20 million acres.

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