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Canada’s farmers planted more crop areas in 2013

New York News: Canadian farmers had either planted, or intended to plant, larger areas of spring wheat, durum wheat and oats than in 2012, but fewer acres of canola and barley. Farmers also reported seeding record areas of corn and soybeans.

At the time of the survey, farmers reported that seeding was well underway and conditions were relatively normal compared with past years. However, some areas were not yet seeded because of excess moisture.

Wheat: At the national level, total wheat area increased 9.3% from 2012 to 25.9 million acres in 2013. Spring wheat acreage accounted for most of the advance, up 12.6% to 19.1 million acres. Durum wheat increased 4.3% to 4.9 million acres.

In Saskatchewan, spring wheat acreage rose 14.4% to 9.7 million acres, while durum wheat was up 4.0% to 4.3 million acres. Spring wheat area also increased in Manitoba (+19.3% to 2.9 million acres) and Alberta (+7.3% to 6.2 million acres).

Canola: Producers reported 19.7 million acres seeded in canola, down 8.3% from 2012. This would represent the first decrease in canola acres seeded at the national level since 2006.
Saskatchewan was the largest contributor to the national decline, with canola acreage falling 8.0% to 10.3 million acres. Seeding was also down in Alberta (-6.5% to 6.1 million acres) and Manitoba (-12.2% to 3.1 million acres) compared with 2012.

Barley and oats: In line with results from the March 2013 Farm Survey on seeding intentions, Canadian farmers reported seeding fewer acres of barley, down 3.1% from 2012 to 7.2 million acres.
At the same time, land seeded to oats increased 18.1% to 3.4 million acres in 2013.
Corn for grain: Nationally, farmers reported seeding a record corn for grain area of 3.6 million acres, up 2.9% from 2012.

Quebec farmers planted 1.0 million acres of corn for grain, up 6.6% from 2012. However, the largest percentage increase came in Manitoba, where farmers reported a record corn for grain area of 365,000 acres, up 21.7% from 2012.In Ontario, corn for grain seeded declined 1.6% to 2.2 million acres.

Soybeans: At the national level, soybean area rose 10.5% from 2012 to a record 4.6 million acres in 2013. This advance was mainly the result of a higher soybean area in Manitoba (+35.6%), where farmers reported seeding a record 1.1 million acres. This was the sixth consecutive increase in soybean area in Manitoba.
Soybean area also rose in Quebec, up 3.0% or 21,000 acres to 712,900 acres.

In Ontario, farmers reported a 1.5% decrease to 2.6 million acres.
According to Agriculture Canada, the agri-business sector is one of Canada’s top five industries, and accounts for about 8.5 percent of its Gross Domestic Product.
Canada is a major producer and exporter of agricultural products, including wheat, coarse grains, and oilseeds.
By.Mark Green
New York News