Farmer deliveries well above average in April

(File photo by Lorraine Stevenson)

MarketsFarm — Farmer deliveries of major grains into the Canadian commercial pipeline were up substantially in April, hitting their third-highest monthly total on record, according to updated data Statistics Canada released Monday.

Farmers in April delivered 5.868 million tonnes of major grains, about a million tonnes above the monthly average during the 2019-20 crop-year-to-date, and up from the 4.111 million tonnes delivered in April 2019.

Major grains include wheat (excluding durum), durum wheat, oats, barley, rye, flaxseed and canola.

Farmers have delivered a total of 43.901 million tonnes of the major grains into the commercial pipeline during the first nine months of the crop year. That’s about 2.6 million tonnes above what was delivered during the same time in 2018-19.

Of the total, monthly wheat deliveries, at 3.096 million tonnes, were up by about 1.5 million from the previous month and were about 600,000 tonnes above the monthly average for the year-to-date.

Canola deliveries were also solid, with the 1.901 million tonnes moved into the commercial pipeline about 200,000 tonnes ahead of the year-to-date average.

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