Big Rebounds in Store for Spring Wheat, Canola Output

Aug 18, 2022

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This year’s Canadian spring wheat harvest could be the largest in nine years, while canola output may match the fourth highest ever, the results of a recent crop tour show. 

Argus Media and Winnipeg-based LeftField Commodity Research partnered on the two-pronged tour, which covered a combined more than 4,000 km of Prairie farmland over a five-day period earlier this month. Based on a mix of random field sampling and input from producers along the way, the results of the tour were discussed in an Argus-sponsored webinar Thursday. 

Maxence Devillers, a grain analyst with Argus Media, pegged this year’s average spring wheat at 53.2 bu/acre, up almost 17 bu or 46% from last year’s drought-ravaged result. Using Statistics Canada’s latest planted area estimates, that translates to a crop of just over 26 million tonnes - an increase of approximately 10 million tonnes from a year earlier and potentially the largest spring wheat crop since producers reaped 27.2 million tonnes in 2013.  

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