Saskatchewan farmers seed more wheat, less canola in 2018
A report Friday from Statistics Canada said farmers increased their wheat seeding for the first time in four year, planting 13 million acres.
This was an overall increase of 14.6 per cent, led by a 12.5 per cent rise in spring wheat to 7.6 million acres.
Less canola was seeded, with producers sowing 12.3 million acres, down 3.5 per cent from 2017.
The trend continued with soybeans, with only 407,500 acres seeded, a decline of 52.1 per cent.
A report from Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada attributed the decline to attractive wheat prices, dry conditions, and burdensome world soybean supplies.
Barley seeding increased 15.8 per cent to 2.7 million acres while oats declined 15.4 per cent to 1.4 million acres.
Seeding also decreased for lentils, 14.6 per cent, and dry peas, 10.6 per cent, both potentially due to tariffs imposed by India, said the June Field Crop Survey report.
The report cautioned that dry conditions that prevailed in late spring could have an impact on future crop development.
Statistics Canada said the survey was done when seeding was well underway or completed in most provinces.
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