At the national level, total wheat area (including winter wheat remaining) decreased 7.4% to 24.1 million acres in 2014. Both spring wheat (-7.4%) and durum wheat (-3.3%) planted area declined compared with 2013.
In Saskatchewan, spring wheat area fell 7.7% to 8.7 million acres. Hard red spring wheat (-3.9%) accounted for most of this decrease, with 310,000 fewer seeded acres. Durum wheat fell 3.8% to 4.2 million acres in 2014.
Alberta farmers reported a 7.8% decrease in area seeded to spring wheat, while durum wheat area was unchanged from 2013. Manitoba farmers reported 2.7 million acres of spring wheat, down 7.5% from 2013.
Nationally, soybean area could reach a record high for the sixth consecutive year, rising 23.5% from 2013 to 5.6 million acres. Farmers reported record levels in Quebec, Ontario, Manitoba, Saskatchewan and the Maritimes.
Manitoba farmers reported a 23.8% increase to 1.3 million soybean acres, while Saskatchewan reported 300,000 acres, up from 170,000 acres in 2013.
Canadian farmers reported seeding 20.2 million acres of canola, up 1.5% from 2013.
In Saskatchewan, canola acreage rose 1.9% to 10.7 million acres. Alberta farmers planted 6.3 million acres of canola, up 2.8% from 2013. Manitoba, in turn, is reporting a 1.7% decrease in canola seeded area to 3.1 million acres.
Barley and oats
At the national level, barley seeded area declined 14.0% from 2013 to 6.1 million acres.
Meanwhile, oats area decreased 3.8% from 2013 to 3.0 million acres.
Corn for grain
Canadian farmers reported 3.1 million acres planted to corn for grain in 2014, down 15.5% from 2013.
In Quebec, the area seeded to corn for grain decreased 13.9% to 877,200 acres. Ontario farmers reported a similar decrease, down 15.3% from 2013 to 1.9 million acres.
Dry field peas
Nationally, the area planted to dry field peas rose 21.0% from 2013 to 4.0 million acres. This gain was due to a 16.9% increase in Saskatchewan to 2.6 million acres, as well as a 30.0% increase in Alberta to 1.3 million acres.
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