Barley Acres Climb, Oats on Par with Intentions

Thanks mainly to Alberta, there are even more barley acres in the ground in Canada this year.

Statistics Canada’s updated acreage report on Monday estimated nationwide barley seeded area for this year at 7.5 million acres, up from intentions of 7.24 million as reported by StatsCan back in May and on the high end of pre-report trade guesses that ranged from 6.83 million to 7.5 million. If accurate, it would be the largest Canadian barley seeded area since 2009.

The increase was driven by Alberta, where farmers reported planting 3.7 million acres to barley this year, versus intentions of 3.55 million and 2.8% above last year. Farmers in Saskatchewan reported 3.12 million acres of barley, versus intentions of just over 3 million and 3.15 million in 2019. Manitoba barley area was pegged at 357,100 acres, compared to intentions of 345,500 and 336,300 a year earlier.

Meanwhile, nationwide oat acres for this year were estimated by StatsCan at 3.83 million acres, on par with original intentions and up from 3.6 million last year.

Oat acres in Alberta are now estimated at 881,200, down from intentions of just over 1 million and slightly below 899,100 last year. Saskatchewan oat area was up slightly from intentions of 1.8 million and above 1.79 million in 2019. Manitoba producers reported planting 695,100 to oats, versus intentions of 636,600 and 525,200 last year.

Source: DePutter Publishing Ltd.

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