Canadian canola production forecast record large

by Ron Sterk
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KANSAS CITY – Canadian canola production was forecast at a record 10,375,000 tonnes, up 9% from 9,529,000 tonnes in 2007, Statistics Canada said in its first field crop production report.

"Market demand for biodiesel and increasing crushing capacity, coupled with the high prices at the time of planting, may have motivated farmers to plant more canola," Statistics Canada said. The increase in canola production was the result of anticipated above-average yields and larger harvested area.

Total wheat production in 2008 was forecast at 25,426,000 tonnes, up 27% from a year ago. Spring wheat outturn was forecast at 16,325,000 tonnes, up 18%, durum was forecast at 4,910,000 tonnes, up 33%, and winter wheat was forecast at 4,191,000 tonnes, up 68%, Statistics Canada said.

Oats production in 2008 was forecast at 4,061,000 tonnes, down 14% from a year ago. Corn outturn was seen at 9,892,000 tonnes, down 15%, and barley was seen at 10,876,000 tonnes, down 1%.

Flaxseed production was forecast at 765,000 tonnes, up 21% from a year ago and soybean outturn was forecast at 3,167,000 tonnes, up 18%, the agency said.

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