Canadian producers ramp up milk production in effort to meet internal demand.
Fran HowardContributing Writer
As of March 31, year-over-year stocks of wheat, canola, and soybeans were lower, while inventories of corn, barley and oats were larger, according to Statistics Canada’s Stocks of Principal Field Crops report, released Friday, May 6.
If it doesn’t stop raining soon in the Bayou State, fields intended for soybeans and cotton could also go unplanted.
Canadian farmers intend to plant more peas, lentils, barley, and corn this spring but fewer acres of wheat, canola, soybeans, and oats compared to a year ago, according to Statistics Canada’s Principal Field Crop Areas’ March Farm Survey.
After a dicey planting season last year in Missouri, producers plan to return to their normal rotations by planting as many acres of corn and soybeans this year as they did two years ago.
Rice, whose plantings are dwarfed by the millions of corn, soybeans, and cotton acres in the U.S., could see its acreage climb this spring. The grain is projected to steal more than 400,000 acres from other commodities this year, according to USDA’s Prospective Plantings report.
Since USDA conducted its annual Prospective Plantings survey, however, market and soil conditions have changed enough that some of those acres in the Western Corn Belt could shift back into sorghum.
The recent rains that fell on Louisiana, Mississippi, and Arkansas likely wreaked more damage on fields still soggy from the torrential rains that fell in mid-March.