Faced with high crop prices, Canadian farmer will plant 9.4% more wheat this spring than last year, as they push expected acreage going into canola and field peas to record levels and slash barley and oats seedings, the federal government reported Monday in
The report appears at a time when grain prices are strong. In recent weeks, observers have started voicing worries about whether the world will have enough grain. Western Canadian canola acreage is expected to rise approximately 50,000 acres, but still reach into record levels at 14.7 million acres. Prairie farmers intend to cut barley acreage by 1.6 million acres to just 8.7 million acres. Acreage going into oats will fall to 4.1 million acres. The federal government has said it wants to move the marketing of barley out from under the Canadian Wheat Board. Legislation to accomplish this is before Parliament. It is unclear if it will pass in time for this year's seeding.
Eastern Canadian farmers are expected to trim acreage going into corn, while growers in