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Manitoba farmers plant record amounts of corn, soybeans

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Manitoba farmers planted a record amount of corn and soybeans this spring, and also went big on wheat, according to a new Statistics Canada survey released today.

The June 2013 Principle Field Crop report shows Manitoba farmers did pretty much what they said they would do when surveyed last winter about their spring seeding intentions.

They seeded a record 1.1 million acres of soybeans — up 35.6 per cent from 2012 — and a record 365,000 acres of corn for grain. The corn total was a 21.7 per cent increase from last year.

They also planted 3.5 million acres of wheat, including 2.8 million acres of red spring wheat, the agency said. The wheat acreage total was up 16.2 per cent from a year earlier, and the highest in more than a decade. And the spring wheat total was a 17.9 per cent improvement from a year ago.

As expected, the surge in popularity of those three crops was at the expense of a variety of other crops.

Statistics Canada said local farmers planted less canola (down 12.2 per cent to 3.1 million acres), less barley (down 13 per cent to 470,000 acres), less oats (down 10 per cent to 450,000 acres), and less sunflower seeds (down 25 per cent to 75,000 acres).

It said its report is based on the results of a survey of 2,597 Manitoba farmers conducted between May 27 and June 10, when seeding in the province was about 84 per cent completed.

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