Canadian farmers to plant record-big canola area

Tue Apr 24, 2012 8:48am EDT
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WINNIPEG, Manitoba (Reuters) - Canadian farmers intend to plant a record-large canola crop and bigger areas of wheat, barley and oats, Statistics Canada reported Tuesday, after a bout of dry weather brought previously flooded land back into production.

Canola acres will reach 20.4 million acres, up from last year's record-large area of 18.9 million acres. It would be the sixth straight year farmers have raised the record planting level.

All-wheat plantings may rise to 24.3 million acres from last year's 21.5 million acres. Oat plantings look to be 3.4 million acres, compared to 3.1 million acres a year ago.

Traders surveyed by Reuters had expected, on average, 20.6 million canola acres, 23.4 million acres of all-wheat, and 3.4 million acres of oats.


Statscan report: here

(Reporting by Rod Nickel in Winnipeg and Alex Paterson in Ottawa)