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More Canola Acres Expected

Agriculture and Agri- Food Canada is expecting the area seeded by Canadian farmers to canola in the spring of 2011 will be up from the level seen at the same time in 2010, according to its first acreage outlook released Jan. 28.

The market analysis branch of Agriculture Canada cautioned, however, that the actual area seeded will be influenced by expected net returns, current prices, expected delivery opportunities, weather, crop rotation requirements and on-farm stocks.

The area seeded to canola in the spring of 2011 was forecast at 18.542 million acres, which would be up from the 16.818 mil lion seeded in 2010. Producers in Canada are also expected to increase wheat production in 2011.

The analysis division projected that all wheat seedings this spring would come in at 22.966 million acres, which would be up from the 21.126 million seeded in 2010.

Of the area seeded to wheat, spring wheat acres were seen climbing to 17.129 million from 16.474 million in 2010. Durum plantings were forecast at 4.028 million acres, up from 3.150 million the previous spring.

Winter wheat area in Canada for 2011 was pegged at 1.815 million acres, which compares with the 2010 level of 1.484 million. Producers were also seen increasing the area seeded to oats, barley and flax.

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