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Manitoba farmers expecting record crops

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Manitoba farmers expect to harvest record amounts of soybeans and corn this fall, as well as more barley and spring wheat, according to the latest principal field crops report from Statistics Canada.

The federal agency said a survey of 1,760 Manitoba farmers between July 24 and Aug. 5 showed local producers expect to harvest 928,000 tonnes of soybeans and 919,500 tonnes of corn for grain.

That would easily top last year’s record of 759,300 tonnes of soybeans and 815,400 tonnes of corn.

They also expect to see a 10.7 per cent increase in canola production, to 2.3 million tonnes; a 13.4 per cent increase in spring wheat, to 3.3 million tonnes; and a 5.6 per cent boost in barley production, to 653,200 tonnes.

The only two principal crops they expect to harvest less of this year are oats and sunflower seeds. Oats production is expected to fall by 24.9 per cent to 427,200 tonnes and sunflower seed production is expected to plummet by 43.4 per cent to 49,200 tonnes.

Nationally, Statistics Canada said Canadian farmers expect to harvest a record amount of canola and corn for grain, as well as more wheat, barley and oats. However, soybean production may be down from last year, the agency added.

It said farmers reported that climatic events over the last few weeks, including hail and heavy rains, may have had an adverse effect on crops in some areas of the country.

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