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Canada Seeded Area Forecast at a Record High

16 May 2012
USDA Foreign Agricultural Service

CANADA - USDA estimates 2012/13 Canada canola area at 8.05 million hectares, up 0.58 million or up 8 per cent from last year. Statistics Canada’s 2012 March Intentions of Principal Field Crop estimates that farmers will expand planted area by 8 per cent from last year due to favorable prices.

In Saskatchewan, which produces 50 per cent of total production, area is likely to expand by nearly 10 per cent from last year.

In Manitoba, which accounts for 25 per cent of total production, area is expected to rebound from last year where floods reduced planted area.

Production is forecast at 15.4 million tons, up 1.2 million or 9 per cent from last year. Yield is forecast at 1.91 tons per hectare up slightly from a year ago.

As of the first week of May, seeding is underway across the western prairies. Localised reports indicate a surplus of moisture in some areas that delayed seeding, but planting conditions in most areas are reported as good to excellent.

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May 2012

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