There’s little change in the latest estimates of the supply and demand for major pulse and special crops in the country.
Ending stocks of the seven major special and pulse crops for 2011-12 crop year is now pegged by Agriculture Canada at 830,000 tonnes, according to its March 15 release. This compares with the January estimate of 860,000 tonnes, the 2010-11 estimated level of 920,000 tonnes, and the 2009-10 carry-out of 1.029 million tonnes. (The seven major specialty and pulse crops are dry peas, lentils, dry beans, chickpeas, mustard seed, canary seed and sunflower seed.)
Production of the major pulse and special crops in Canada was pegged at 5.105 million tonnes in 2011-12, unchanged from January. Production in 2010-11 was pegged at 5.556 million, while output of the pulse and special crops in 2009-10 totalled 5.658 million tonnes.
Exports of Canada’s special and pulse crops for 2011-12 is now expected to be 4.235 million tonnes, relatively unchanged from January and in line with the projections for the current crop year of 4.420 million and the 2009-10 level of 4.243 million.
Domestic usage in 2011-12 is expected to come in at 1.082 million tonnes, down from the forecasted 2010-11 level of 1.387 million and the 2009-10 level of 1.234 million.