More wheat, more corn planned for #plant22


Statistics Canada has published its most recent survey of principal field crop intentions for the 2022 growing season.

The survey was conducted from March 1 to March 29, 2022, and included approximately 11,500 farmers. Respondents were asked to report their planting intentions for grain, oilseeds and special crops.

The results suggest that wheat acres are estimated at 25 million, up 7.2 per cent from the previous year. Spring wheat area (+7.0% to 17.6 million acres) and durum wheat area (+12.5% to 6.2 million acres) are expected to expand, while winter wheat area is expected to decrease (-13.0% to 1.2 million acres). An anticipated increase in area for wheat is likely attributable to strong prices and high worldwide demand, StatsCan says.

Corn acres are also expected to rise to 3.7 million acres, up 6.4 per cent from a year earlier. Ontario farmers said they intend to plant 2.3 million acres, up 8.2 per cent from 2021.

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Soybean acres remain consistent over 2021, with an estimated 5.4 million acres of soybeans going in, up just 0.7 per cent. Farmers in Ontario, the largest soybean-producing province, expect to plant 3 million acres of soybeans, up 3.2 per cent from 2021.

Despite strong global demand for oilseeds and high prices, canola area is expected to decrease 7 per cent to 20.9 million acres in 2022 as farmers shift to alternate crops such as cereals.

Area seeded to lentils is expected to increase by 4.2 per cent to 4.5 million acres. Farmers in Saskatchewan, where almost 90 per cent of Canada’s lentils are grown, expect seeded area to rise 5.8 per cent to 4 million acres, offsetting lower area in Alberta ( down 8.8 per cent).

Farmers across Canada expect to plant fewer acres of dry peas in 2022, with area anticipated to fall 7 per cent to 3.6 million acres compared with 2021.

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