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Canadian farmers react to market signals | The Land



Canadian farmers are swinging to canola and barley at the expense of wheat, oats and pulses in their current winter-spring cropping cycle.

That was the wash-up of intended sowing activity revealed in the latest Statistics Canada principal field crop report, which was released early last week.

Statistics Canada expected the total area sown to field crops this year would increase by 1.8 per cent to 26.893 million hectares, based on favourable market conditions and historical trends.

But total crop production was forecast to drop slightly, based on the assumption of a return to longer-term trend yields from record production in 2020-21.

This year’s four-week survey period finished on March 29 and Statistics Canada tabulated responses from…

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