October 03, 2008


Canada sees record production of rapeseed and soy


Quebec farmers in Canada anticipate a record soy and rapeseed production as yields improved.
Farmers, in mid-harvest, reported they expect soy production  at 615 000 and rapeseed production  at 10.9 million tonnes.
If achieved, rapeseed production this season would exceeds the previous record of 9.5 million tonnes produced in 2007. The increased production  came about mainly as a result of an above-average yield of 30.6 bushels per acre.
Farmers expect to harvest 22.2 million tonnes of wheat excluding durum, up 35.6 percent from 16.4 million tonnes in 2007 and easily exceeding the previous five-year average (2003 to 2007) production of 19.4 million tonnes, a 15-percent increase in harvested area and a yield of 42.8 bushels per acre account.
Total soy production is expected to reach 3.2 million tonnes, just short of the highest level of 3.5 million tonnes produced in 2006.
Production of soy in Quebec is anticipated to increase 30.3 percent to 615,000 tonnes, a value exceeding the previous high of 535 000 tonnes set in 2006 as a result of a 31.6 percent rise in harvested area from 2007. Soy production in Ontario is expected to rise to 2.3 million tonnes, up 16.3 percent from 2007, due to a yield increase.

Farmers reported a yield of 40.8 bushels per acre, up 7.8 bushels per acre over 2007.

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