US Canola Production Down 6%

A lower average yield and a smaller harvested area will mean a reduction in 2020 US canola production compared to a year earlier.

In its first estimate of this year’s national canola crop, the USDA in a crop production report last week pegged output at 1.44 million tonnes, down 6% from the revised 2019 crop of 1.54 million. If accurate, it would still be the third largest American canola crop on record.

According to the report, US farmers planted an estimated 1.85 million acres to canola this year, down 1% from the USDA’s June estimate and 9% below a year earlier. At 1.81 million acres, estimated harvested area dropped 5% from last year, while the average national canola yield came in just below 35.2 bu/acre, versus 35.6 bu in 2019.

In the largest canola production state of North Dakota, this year’s crop is estimated at 1.22 million tonnes, down from 1.31 million last year as harvested area fell 5.5% to 1.52 million acres and the average yield declined to 35.4 bu/acre from 36 bu.

The US is a small canola player compared to Canada, with the 2020 crop on this side of the border estimated by StatsCan at 19.39 million tonnes, on a harvested area of 20.5 million acres and an average yield of 41.6 bu/acre.

Source: DePutter Publishing Ltd.

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