US Canola Production Up from Previous Estimate but Still Down from 2020

Canola production suffered in the US as well in 2021, but unlike here in Canada, production has been revised higher from the earlier government estimate.

The USDA’s annual crop production summary on Wednesday pegged the 2021 American canola crop at 1.23 million tonnes. That is still down 21% from the previous year but represents an increase from the previous estimate which put the crop at 1.06 million. This past year’s canola crop was also still the seventh largest on record for the US.

At 2.15 million acres, US canola planted area was up 18% on the year, while harvested area was 17% higher at just over 2 million. However, the average national yield, at 26 bu/acre, was down 12.6 bu from the previous year.

Production in North Dakota, the leading canola-producing state was down 21% from 2020 but still the seventh largest production on record. Planted and harvested area in North Dakota were up 16% and 15%, respectively, from 2020 and both were record highs.

On this side of the border, estimated canola production was estimated at 12.594 million tonnes in Statistics Canada’s final crop production report in early December. That was down from the agency’s September forecast of 12.782 million and 35.3% below the 2020 crop of 19.484 million. If represents the smallest Canadian canola crop since 2007 when farmers harvested 9.611 million tonnes.

The average national canola yield was pegged at just 25 bu/acre, down 0.3 bu from September and far below 41.8 bu the previous year. In fact, it is the lowest average canola yield since 22.2 bu/acre in 2002.

Source: DePutter Publishing Ltd.

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