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Canadian grain exports up 35 per cent on the year

Canadian grain companies continue to do brisk business moving grains and oilseeds out of the country, with movement of canola, wheat, barley and many other crops running well ahead of the year-ago pace.

Crop-year-to-date exports of Canada’s major grains and oilseeds as of Jan. 17 came in at 26.4 million tonnes, according to Canadian Grain Commission (CGC) data. That’s up by roughly 35 per cent from the same time the previous year.

Of that total, canola exports of 5.8 million tonnes during the first 24 weeks of the 2020-21 marketing year were up by 1.6 million tonnes from what moved by the same time in 2019-20.

Wheat and barley exports are also running well ahead of average, with 9.2 million tonnes of wheat and 1.8 million tonnes of barley exported to date. That compares with 7.1 million and 1.1 million tonnes respectively the previous year to date.

Peas, oats, corn, and flaxseed exports are also up on the year.

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