Manitoba farmers are anticipating strong increases in production of canola, spring wheat, soybeans, corn for grain and oats this year according to the latest Statistics Canada survey released this morning.
The survey said Manitoba farmers anticipate strong production growth across the board compared to last year — canola up 49.7 per cent, spring wheat up 44.7 per cent, soybeans up 41.75 per cent, oats up 57.4 per cent, feed corn up 38.9 per cent from the previous high in 2003, barley up 155 per cent compared to last year and a quadrupling of the sunflower crop up 271.7 per cent.
Much of the growth is attributed to the fact that last year more than three million total acres of farmland was under water. This year flooded farmland is much less of a problem although about 40,000 acres in the Assiniboine valley could not be seeded due to flooding.
Expectations are that a record 3.5 million acres of canola will be harvested in the province (the previous record was 3.2 million acres in 2009).
Spring wheat acreage harvested will be up 23 per cent to 2.4 million acres. Manitoba farmers chose to seed more than 49 per cent more acres of soybeans this year and 500,000 acres of oats were planted this year compared to 85,000 last year.
Barley acreage planted is up 77.8 per cent, corn up 65.7 per cent and sunflower acreage up 46.6 per cent.