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Canadian Wheat Crop Increases on Durum, Government Survey Says

October 04, 2011

Oct. 4 (Bloomberg) -- Canadian wheat farmers will harvest 4.3 percent more of the grain this year than in 2010, led by durum, a government survey said.

Farmers will collect 24.16 million metric tons of wheat, up from last year’s 23.167 million tons, Statistics Canada said today in Ottawa. The durum harvest was pegged at 3.94 million tons, up 30.2 percent from a year earlier, with the area harvested jumping 27.5 percent and the expected yield per acre rising to 36.9 bushels from 36.1 bushels.

Winter wheat output was estimated at 2.98 million tons, up 12.1 percent, and spring wheat output was estimated to fall 1.4 percent to 17.2 million tons, the report said.

Canola production will rise 1.2 percent from last year to 12.93 million tons. The area cultivated by farmers in Canada’s western provinces rose to a record 17.9 million acres, up 6.3 percent from 2010.

Barley output will increase 3.8 percent to 7.9 million tons.

The survey of 14,100 farmers was conducted Sept. 1 to Sept. 9, Statistics Canada said. Final production estimates will be published Dec. 6.

--With assistance from Greg Quinn in Ottawa. Editor: Paul Badertscher

To contact the reporter on this story: Whitney McFerron in Chicago at wmcferron1@bloomberg.net.

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Steve Stroth at sstroth@bloomberg.net.


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