Canada’s Wheat, Canola Ouput Seen by Government Gaining

Canadian wheat output may rise 6.9 percent in the 2012-13 season on a larger planted area, the government said.

The harvest, including durum, may rise to 27.01 million metric tons in the marketing year that started Aug. 1, up from an estimated 25.26 million a year earlier, Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada said in an e-mailed report yesterday. In August, the government estimated that production this season would total 26.7 million tons. Yields are expected to be “marginally” lower. Output includes 4.27 million tons of durum, used to make pasta.

In western Canada, the main wheat-growing region, the “harvest has been completed much earlier than usual” because of early spring planting, the government said. “In eastern Canada, corn and soybeans are also expected to be harvested ahead of normal.”

Canada may harvest wheat on 9.35 million hectares (23.1 million acres) in the 2012-13 season, up from 8.54 million hectares a year earlier, according to the report. Yields were expected to average 2.89 tons per hectare, compared with 2.96 tons per hectare a year earlier, the government said.

Canola production may increase to 15.41 million tons from 14.49 million a year earlier, the agency said. Corn output was pegged at 11.7 million tons, up from 10.69 million in the previous season, while barley production may total 9.51 million tons, more than the 7.76 million harvested a year earlier, according to the report.

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