Statistics Canada reports that surveyed farmers said they intended to boost spring wheat acres by 12 percent, barley by 10.2 percent, peas by 11.6 percent and flax by 16.7 percent. Canola acreage is likely to drop by 6.6 percent and farmers intend to seed almost 19 percent less durum.
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Canola acres take hit in seeding plans

King Wheat will likely reign on the Prairies again this year, with farmers ready to return to the oft-disparaged crop. However, it’s not much of a triumph for wheat, but rather a defensive choice for farmers trying to cut risk and wait out market storms. “A lot of people are cutting back on their canola […] Read more

A few acres up in the major crops will appear as big reductions for pulses and some special crops this year. However, there are exceptions. | File photo

Early look at western Canada: major crop acres up, minors down

A few acres up in the major crops will appear as big reductions for pulses and some special crops this year. However, there are exceptions. Cereal and oilseed acres are expected to increase by about two percent, according to Agriculture Canada’s first seeding intentions analysis of the year. The effect on pulse and many specialty […] Read more

Canadian farmers will be growing 10 million acres of soybeans by 2027 if Soy Canada has its way.
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Three million & climbing

Prairie farmers appear to be getting a good start on their efforts to meet Soy Canada’s ambitious soybean targets. Statistics Canada’s first seeding intention survey of the year has found that farmers plan to grow almost three million acres of the crop in 2017.

Canadian farmers will be growing 10 million acres of soybeans by 2027 if Soy Canada has its way. The industry association has established a series of targets, including doubling production to 13 million tonnes. “We think these are aggressive targets but achievable,” said executive director Jim Everson. “We want to set out some goals that […] Read more


Page Ranches near Cheadle, Alta., takes advantage of the only day of co-operative weather to get barley in the ground early.  |  Kevin Link photo

Less lentils, more flax: farmer survey

Flax acres are forecast to rise 19 percent, while a 25 percent drop in lentil acres surprised many analysts

Canadian pulse crop seeding intentions for 2017 are down more than analysts expected but in line with what the trade was thinking. According to Statistics Canada’s March survey of 11,600 farmers, growers plan to seed 4.39 million acres of lentils, down 25 percent from last year, and 3.99 million acres of peas, a six percent […] Read more

Somewhere, somehow, farmers have found more than two million extra acres for the 2017 crop production season, according to Statistics Canada. | File photo

Canola, soybean acres surge in StatsCan seeding estimate

Somewhere, somehow, farmers have found more than two million extra acres for the 2017 crop production season, according to Statistics Canada. That will allow farmers to boost canola acres to a stunning 22.4 million, expand Manitoba soybean acres to 2.2 million, let oat acres jump 20.6 percent to 3.4 million — all while allowing them […] Read more


If the weather co-operates, prairie farmers could harvest a massive lentil crop that could depress prices.  |  File photo

‘An awful lot of lentils’ may be coming

There were only a couple of surprises in Statistics Canada’s June seeding intentions report but one was a doozy. “What jumped out to me the most was the lentils,” said Derek Squair, president of Agri-Trend Marketing. Statistics Canada estimates a record-shattering 5.8 million acres of lentils, which is 48 percent higher than last year and […] Read more

The sky is the limit for lentil prairie producers this days as the crop’s popularity soars.  |  File photo

Peas, lentils hit the big time

Western Canada’s farmers are likely to produce their largest pea and lentil crops in history this year, according to the president of AGT Food & Ingredients. In a recent presentation to grain industry experts in Saskatoon, Murad Al-Katib predicted that plantings of dry peas and lentils in Saskatchewan, Alberta and Manitoba will exceed 10 million […] Read more

Farmers told Statistics Canada they intended to increase their durum acreage by nearly 16 percent this year.  |  File photo

Thrifty farmers seek lower input crops

Farmers told Statistics Canada when surveyed in March that they plan to go bargain seeding this spring. They said they planned to cut canola acreage, boost spring wheat acreage and make double-digit percentage increases in barley and durum. Oat acreage would rise by 30 percent if farmers stick with what they were planning in March. […] Read more


Statistics Canada estimates an eight percent increase in lentil acres and one percent increase in pea acres, yet the president of the biggest pulse processor expects a 15 percent increase in both crops.  |  File photo

Analysts say pea, lentil acres don’t make sense

Statistics Canada estimates for the crops are on the light side and some forecast a big revision in the June report

The pulse industry was taken aback by Statistics Canada’s first stab at estimating 2015 pea and lentil acreage. The March seeding intentions report released on April 23 calls for 3.83 million acres of peas, up one percent from last year and 3.35 million acres of lentils, an eight percent increase. That is a far cry […] Read more

Jeremy Pituley of Killdeer, Sask., installs Airguard Seed Brakes on his John Deere 1895 43 foot disc drill, March 30 as he prepares for the approaching seeding season.  |  William DeKay photo

Producers ponder planting plans

Weather, input prices weigh on the minds of many as farmers wonder what to put in the ground this year

It might be the weather, it might be the prices or it might be a combination of the two. Whatever the reasons, prairie farmers are keeping their seeding plans close to their vests and their wallets in their pockets this spring. Agronomists and seed and fertilizer dealers say farmers have been slow to move on […] Read more