StatsCan seeding report sees spring wheat acres up and canola down

There were no major surprises in Tuesday’s seeded acreage report from Statistics Canada.

Approximately 25,000 farmers, including 6,200 in Saskatchewan were surveyed from May 13th to June 12th.

Some producers in Eastern Saskatchewan and Manitoba were seeding well into June due to excessive spring moisture, and that could have some impact on the numbers.

StatsCan estimates 21.4 million acres of canola were seeded, which is about half a million tonnes above the March forecast, but 4.7 percent below the 2021 area.

In Saskatchewan, canola acreage is pegged at 11.4 million acres, down six percent compared to last year.

Spring wheat area is listed at 18.2 million acres-up 10.5 percent from last year, with durum at 6 million tonnes, up 8.5 percent.

In Saskatchewan, spring wheat area is 8.3 million acres, which would be an 11.7 percent jump over last year.

Durum is estimated at 4.9 million, up 7.6 percent from 2021.

Statistics Canada pegs barley area at 7 million acres, but some analysts believe this number is low due to changes in seeding plans following excessive moisture over the eastern Prairies.

In Saskatchewan, barley area is forecast at 2.8 million acres, down 25 percent from last year.

National oat area is believed to be 4 million acres, up 16 percent from last year.

The Saskatchewan estimate is 1.9 million acres, up 14.5 percent.

Turning to the pulses, Saskatchewan farmers indicated a 13.9 percent decline for peas to 1.8 million acres.

Lentils were pretty close to last year’s mark at 3.8 million acres.

Saskatchewan flax area is down 24.5 percent to 597-thousand acres, mustard jumped 71 percent to 403-thousand acres and canaryseed is down 8.4 percent to 270-thousand acres.

(with files from cjww)

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