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March 9, 2009

                                   
Ag Canada cuts 2009-10 wheat area, raises canola acres
                                       


Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada has revised downward what Canadian producers will seed to all wheat and durum in the spring of 2009 from its January projection, according to an updated acreage outlook released Friday (March 6) by the market analysis branch of Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada.

 

The record canola area forecast in January was bumped even higher.

 

In its second look at what Canadian producers were planning on putting into the ground during the 2009-10 crop year, the market analysis branch pegged seeded area to all wheat at 23.237 million acres with durum accounting for 4.942 million acres of the amount. All wheat area in January was put at 23.895 million acres while durum was initially estimated at 5.609 million acres.

 

Producers in Canada seeded 25.009 million acres to all wheat in the spring of 2008 with 6.030 million consisting of durum.

 

Seeded area to canola, meanwhile, was expected to jump to a record 17.235 million acres in the spring 2009. This surpasses the January forecast of a record 16.802 million acres and compares with the record 16.159 million seeded in 2008.

 

The area seeded to barley was seen declining slightly to 9.353 million acres which would compare with 9.674 million projected in January. In 2008, seeded area to barley totalled 9.357 million acres.

 

Oats area was also forecast to be lower, with the latest estimate coming in at 4.243 million acres. In January oats area had been pegged at 4.374 million acres while in 2008 area totalled 4.345 million acres.

 

The area left as summer fallow in the spring of 2009 was estimated by Agriculture Canada at 6.042 million acres, which was unchanged from the January forecast but fractionally lower than the 2008 level of 6.069 million.

 

The following table represents Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada's 2009-10 seedings estimate. Figures are in million acres.
                                                                    
 
Ag Can 2009-10 March 6
Ag Can 2009-10 January
Stats Can 2008-09
All wheat
23.227
23.895
25.009
Durum
4.942
5.609
6.03
Barley
9.353
9.674
9.357
Corn
3.084
3.109
8.975
Oats
4.243
4.374
4.345
Rye
0.41
0.41
0.34
Canola
17.235
16.803
16.159
Flaxseed
1.693
1.556
1.56
Soy
3.212
3.212
2.954
Dry peas
3.707
3.706
3.996
Lentils
1.915
1.804
1.611
Mustard seed
0.519
0.519
0.479
Sunflower seed
0.178
0.178
0.17
Canary seed
0.445
0.445
0.415
Chick peas
0.413
0.21
0.131
Summer fallow
6.042
6.042
6.069
Source: Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada. 
                                               

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