Cereal crops to grab more Alberta real estate

Alberta farmers are at the head of the pack in reducing canola acres, according to Statistics Canada’s latest survey.

Canola acres are forecast to drop 6.6 per cent nationally, but producers here plan to cut seedings by 10.6 per cent (to 6.09 million acres versus 6.81 million a year ago), says StatsCan. While total wheat acres are expected to increase by 3.8 per cent nationally (to 25.7 million), they’re only forecast to go up by 128,000 acres here (to 7.65 million).

However, spring wheat plantings in Alberta are forecast to rise by 497,000 acres (to 6.76 million). That’s only slightly less than the 505,000-acre jump forecast for barley, which StatsCan predicts will hit nearly 3.72 million acres in Alberta.

Pea acreage is forecast to rise by 186,000 acres (to 1.70 million) and lentil acres to fall by 100,000 acres (to 320,000).

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