Dry edible bean acres were lower in 2016 than they were in 2015. Read more on the lower acres as well as spring planting conditions, weeds, insects, and diseases as well as yield and quality from this 2016 season summary on Field Crop News.
Read a seasonal summary for cereals from this Field Crop News article. Fall 2015 planting, the 2016 growing season and even fall 2016 planting conditions are covered.
It's estimated that an average of 350 acres of arable land per day are gobbled up in Ontario alone. While urban sprawl may have less of an acres-per-day impact in less populous provinces, the permanent loss of farmland is and should be a major concern not just for farmers, but for urbanites, too. Read more on the need for urban allies from this RealAgriculture.com article.
Better weather early in November allowed the Alberta harvest to get closer to completion, although those crops still left in the field will likely now stay there until spring.
Canola futures finished slightly higher on Friday, as traders adjusted positions before the weekend and before the release of crop estimates by Statistics Canada early next week.
Chicago wheat futures finally snapped a string of six consecutive down days on Friday, while corn also finished higher. Soybeans ended mixed.
The final 2016 production report from Statistics Canada may still not capture the true of size of Canadian crop due to the fact so much of the harvest was still incomplete into early November.
Canola futures finished higher in choppy trading on Thursday, following a rally in Chicago Board of Trade soyoil.
The expanding Australian harvest helped to pressure Chicago and Kansas City wheat futures Thursday, although Minneapolis contracts did manage a higher close.
U.S. corn and wheat planted area are expected to drop in 2017, but the declines won't end there, according to early baseline projections released by the USDA earlier this week.