This is not the final report but it does provide a fairly good indication of how farmers went about making their seeding decisions this year with many entering the season with drought-like conditions .
StatsCan has just released its June preliminary estimates of seeding intentions. This will no doubt be revised but, based on when the data was collected, farmers were likely fairly well along the decision track.
They big changes this year are in wheat and pulse crops as well as the relative newcomer, soybean.
The number of acres devoted to wheat rose this year, both spring and durum. Canola was pretty unchanged from last year but the amount of land devoted to lentils was reduced by about 20-percent. At the same time though, chick pea acre more than doubled.
Another big swing was in soybean acreage. It went up more than three times to 800,000 acres last year….this year it is half that at 400,000.
With the coarse grains regaining some popularity, barley gained some favor this year with an increase of roughly 15-percent.