Manitoba’s top crops in 2020

MASC’s annual 2020 market share report reveals most popular crops and varieties

[UPDATE: Oct. 30, 2020] Manitoba’s top four insured crops in 2020 are unchanged from 2019, the Manitoba Agricultural Services Corporation’s (MASC) 2020 variety market share report shows.

Canola leads the way followed by red spring wheat (varieties in the Canada Western Red Spring class), soybeans and oats.

Why it matters: Manitoba Agricultural Services Corporation’s annual variety market share report not only lists insured acres by crop, but by variety, providing insights into which ones are most popular.

MASC’s report is based on seeded acreage reports filed after seeding by Manitoba farmers enrolled in crop insurance. It shows 3.37 million acres of canola were planted in 2020, up nine per cent from last year and 10 per cent higher than the five-year average.

Insured red spring wheat plantings of 2.66 million acres, while down 1.5 per cent from last year, were 12 per cent above the five-year average.

Insured soybean plantings of 1.03 million acres are down 24 and 39 per cent from 2019 and the five-year average, respectively.

Despite the decline, soybean acres in 2020 were still well ahead of the No. 4 crop oats with insured acres of 624,199 — up 28 per cent from 2019 and 50 per cent from the five-year average.

This year insured barley, at 371,821 acres, eased grain corn out of its fifth-place position in 2019 to sixth.

MASC’s report is based on seeded acreage reports filed after seeding by Manitoba farmers enrolled in crop insurance.
photo: File

Manitoba farmers seeded 306,554 insured acres of grain corn down 23 per cent from last year and 9.5 per cent from the five-year average.

Edible beans (white pea, kidney, pinto, cranberry, black and small red) remain seventh with 177,571 acres, up 21 and 46 per cent from 2019 and the five-year average, respectively.

Field peas overtook northern hard red wheat (wheats in the Canada Northern Hard Red class) for eighth place. Manitoba farmers seeded 146,487 acres of insured field peas, up 38 per cent from 2019, and 53 per cent from the five-year average.

Last year field pea acres ranked 10th.

Insured northern hard red acres fell 10 per cent in 2020 to 135,583, for ninth place. That’s down 16 per cent from the five-year average.

In 2019 insured silage corn was ninth, but is in 10th place this year despite a 21 per cent jump in insured acres to 130,726. That’s up 41 per cent from the five-year average.

*Partial list of insured 2020 Manitoba crop acres.
photo: MASC

Fall rye remains 11th in the rankings, despite plantings jumping 21 per cent to 100,496 acres. That’s 53 per cent above the five-year average.

The report also shows insured hybrid fall rye acres at 60,939 are 1-1/2 times those of insured open-pollinated varieties at 39,557 acres in 2020.

Despite a 50 per cent jump in insured oil sunflower plantings this spring, the crop still ranks 12th with 65,716 acres. That’s up 82 per cent from the five-year average.

Manitoba farmers seeded 45,213 acres of insured flax, which was up three per cent from 2019, but down 25 per cent from the five-year average.

Insured acres of Prairie Spring wheat fell 20 per cent to 40,732, which was a 14 per cent drop from the five-year average.

Insured winter wheat acres of 27,453 were down 10 per cent from 2019 and 64 per cent lower than the five-year average.

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Non-oil sunflowers took 16th spot despite insured plantings being up 21 per cent to 24,265 acres. That’s down 21 per cent from the five-year average.

The rankings don’t include pedigreed seed or organic production. While the latter is small, there were 78,186 acres of insured soybean and 67,221 acres of hard red spring seed in 2020, which exceeds plantings for oil sunflowers, flax, winter wheat and non-oil sunflowers.

*Update: A table showing a partial list of insured 2020 Manitoba crop acres was added.

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Allan Dawson

Allan Dawson is a reporter with the Manitoba Co-operator based near Miami, Man. Covering agriculture since 1980, Dawson has spent most of his career with the Co-operator except for several years with Farmers’ Independent Weekly and before that a Morden-Winkler area radio station.

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