Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada has released its first seeding estimates for 2016 grain, oilseed and pulse crops.
Following other analysts earlier predictions, the Ag Canada forecast is calling for double digit increases in pulse area and a reduction for spring wheat.
It projects the area planted to lentils will jump 13 per cent to a record 4.45 million acres. Higher prices caused by poor production in India has led to more producer interest in lentils.
Pea area is forecast to increase 14 percent to a record 4.2 million acres, while Agriculture Canada is also anticipating a four per cent rise in canola area to 20.75 million acres.