Canadian Canola Acreage Overtakes WheatJuly 5, 2017 8:05am
For the first time ever, Canadian canola acres have surpassed total wheat acreage across the country, according to Stats Canada.
Canadian farmers have seeded close to 22.8-million acres of canola in 2017, up 12% from last year.
The increase corresponds with a decrease in wheat acreage, which fell for the fourth consecutive year down to just 22.4-million acres.
The wheat decrease was likely due to a 16% drop in area seeded to durum wheat, which fell to just over 5-million acres, with areas seeded to spring wheat rising to 15.8-million acres.
Ontario, Manitoba, Quebec and Saskatchewan produce 99% of Canada’s national soybean total, and all four provinces reached record high levels for seeded soybean acres this year.
Ontario farmers seeded 3.1-million acres of soybeans in 2017, which is up 13.%5 from last year. They also planted 2.1 million acres of corn, an increase of 4.7% compared with last year.