Canadian wheat output up 4% from prior estimate

by Ron Sterk
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OTTAWA, ONT. — Production of all wheat in Canada was estimated up 4% from the previous forecast released in October but was down 14% from 2009, Statistics Canada said in its Estimate of Production of Principal Field Crops report. Canola, corn and soybean estimates also were raised from the previous report, while oats, barley and flaxseed were lowered.

Based on data collected from Oct. 25 to Nov. 12, and compared with year-ago production, Statistics Canada forecast lower outturn of canola, barley, oats and flaxseed but higher production of corn and soybeans.

Total Canadian wheat production was forecast at 23,167,000 tonnes, up 4% from October but down 14% from 26,848,000 tonnes in 2009, including spring wheat at 17,485,000 tonnes, up 6% from October but down 5% from 18,452,000 tonnes in 2009, durum at 3,025,000 tonnes, down 1% from October and down 44% from 5,400,000 tonnes last year, and winter wheat at 2,657,000 tonnes, down slightly from October and down 11% from 2,996,000 tonnes a year ago.

“Farmers in Manitoba and Saskatchewan reported problems with poor grain quality, the result of a slow and wet initial harvest and early frost damage,” Statistics Canada said. Wheat production declined 21% from 2009 in Manitoba and 26% in Saskatchewan but increased 10% in Alberta.

Statistics Canada forecast 2010 canola production at 11,866,000 tonnes, up 14% from the previous forecast but down 4% from 12,417,000 tonnes in 2009.

Oats production was forecast at 2,298,000 tonnes, down 1% from October and down 21% from 2,906,000 tonnes in 2009.

The 2010 barley crop was forecast at 7,605,000 tonnes, down 8% from October and down 20% from 9,517,000 tonnes a year ago.

Flaxseed production was forecast at 423,000 tonnes, down 21% from October and down 54.5% from 930,000 tonnes in 2009.

Corn production was forecast at 11,715,000 tonnes, up 8% from the prior forecast and up 22.5% from 9,561,000 tonnes in 2009.

Soybean outturn was forecast at 4,345,000 tonnes, up 8% from October and up 24% from 3,507,000 tonnes last year.

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