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Wheat, soybeans, corn in the forecast for Manitoba farmers

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Manitoba farmers expect to plant more wheat, soybeans and corn this year, and less of pretty well everything else, including canola, according to a new report from Statistics Canada.

In its March principal field crops report released today, the agency said a recent survey of nearly 1,500 Manitoba farmers points to a double-digit increase in wheat and soybean acreage this year, as well as a record number of acres of corn for grain.

Canola acreage, on the other hand, is expected to drop by nearly 16 per cent, or 600,000 acres, from last year’s record-high of 3.6 million acres.

The survey also indicates Manitoba farmers will plant less flaxseed, barley, sunflower seed and coloured beans this year .

The planting intentions here mirror those at the national level. Statistics Canada said Canadian farmers are also expected to plant more wheat, corn and soybeans, and less canola.

However, it noted weather conditions may force farmers to modify their plans prior to planting time.

"Some farmers reported that they were still undecided about their final strategies for 2013, as snow lingered in fields in most parts of Canada at the time of the survey," it said.

The field crops survey was conducted between March 24 and April 3.

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