Canada will produce a large wheat and record canola harvest in 2011, according to Statistics Canada in its first forecast of the year based on a farmer survey. They pegged all-wheat production at 24.076 million tonnes, up nearly 4 percent from a year ago, and the canola harvest at a record-large 13.193 million tonnes, up 11 percent.
Despite great growing conditions in many places, many crops did not even get planted in southeastern Saskatchewan and southwestern Manitoba due to flooding.
Statscan’s canola estimated still fell about 400,000 tonnes short of the average trade estimate, although still record-large.
Statscan forecasted oats production to reach 2.886 million tonnes, up one-quarter from last year’s poor harvest of 2.3 million tonnes. They forecasted barley to rise nearly 9 percent to 8.274 million tonnes.
For more numbers and the full story on the record canola numbers and large wheat harvest, go to http://www.statcan.gc.ca/daily-quotidien/110824/dq110824a-eng.htm
Source: Stastics Canada