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Canadian Planting Intentions - Record Canola Acres

27 April 2011

CANADA - In 2011, Canadian prairie farmers anticipate planting a record area of canola, and expect to plant more durum wheat, barley and oats compared with 2010, according to Statistics Canada.

In the East, Quebec and Ontario farmers expect to seed the largest area of corn for grain since 2007.

Subsequent to survey data collection, farmers may modify their plans prior to planting time as a result of environmental conditions.

Canola acreage may hit a record

Early indications are that Canadian farmers may seed a record 19.2 million acres of canola in 2011, up 14.3 per cent or 2.4 million acres from the previous record set in 2010 at 16.8 million acres. This would be the fifth consecutive annual increase in canola area at the national level.

In Saskatchewan, following three years of seeded area ranging from 7.7 to 7.9 million acres, canola area could rise by 25.6 per cent, or 2.0 million acres, to a record 9.8 million acres. The provincial record was 7.9 million acres set in 2009.

Farmers in Alberta reported expecting to plant a record 5.9 million acres of canola, up 8.1 per cent from the record seeded area of 5.5 million acres set in 2010.

Area for durum wheat expected to increase sharply

Prairie durum wheat area could rise by 60.3 per cent or 1.9 million acres to 5.1 million acres in 2011. Over the past decade, durum area has fluctuated considerably, from 6.5 million acres to a low of 3.2 million acres in 2010.

In Saskatchewan, where the majority of Canadian durum is grown, farmers may seed 4.4 million acres, up 57.0 per cent or 1.6 million acres. Alberta farmers expect to plant 670,000 acres, an increase of 86.1 per cent over the 2010 seeded area.

Eastern farmers set to plant more corn for grain

Farmers in Ontario and Quebec may plant the greatest area of corn for grain since 2007.

Ontario corn for grain seeded area should rise by 125,000 acres to 2.0 million acres, an increase of 6.7 per cent over 2010. The record area of corn for grain in Ontario was set in 2007 at 2.1 million acres.

The area seeded to corn for grain in Quebec is reported to rise 8.1 per cent to 988,400 acres. The record area was set in 2002 and repeated in 2007 at 1.1 million acres.

Barley and oats acreage also on the rise

The area intended to be seeded to barley and oats are also expected to increase in 2011. At the national level, farmers anticipate seeding 7.8 million acres of barley, up 13.4 per cent compared with the 6.9 million acres seeded in 2010. Similarly, acres seeded to oats could reach 4.1 million acres, an increase of 39.3 per cent over 2010.

Note to readers

The March Farm Survey is about crop planting intentions in Canada. In 2011, the survey was conducted with approximately 12,600 farmers, from March 24 to March 31. Farmers were asked to report their intended plantings of grain, oilseeds and special crops. Farmers may modify their plans prior to planting time as a result of economic and environmental conditions. Some farmers indicated they were still undecided about their final strategies for 2011.

March intentions acreages will be replaced by estimated actual seeded acreages from subsequent surveys during the year. Final acreage numbers for 2011 will be released on December 6 and are subject to revision for two years.

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