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Which crops were hot, and what was not in 2019

MASC report details 2019 crop insured acreage and varieties’ market share

BASF’s InVigor L233 P (LT) (PSR-R) canola was planted on 44.5 per cent of Manitoba’s 3.2 million acres of insured canola this year.

That data comes from the Manitoba Agricultural Services Corporation’s 2019 Variety Market Share Information.

Its closest rival — L255 PC (LT) (PSR-R) — had 12 per cent of the acres, followed by three other InVigor canolas making up the rest of the top five.

Three of the top five have the pod shatter reduction trait.

Insured canola plantings in Manitoba dropped just one per cent from 2018, the report shows, despite concerns about China blocking imports of Canadian canola in March.

Why it matters: Seeding data shows farmers the broad trends in crop and variety adoption in the province.

L233 P (LT) (PSR-R) was the most popular canola in Manitoba last year too, accounting for 38 per cent of the almost 2.35 million acres of canola planted, MASC data shows.

The top five most popular canolas seeded this spring in Manitoba made up 69 per cent of total plantings.

The report puts insured ‘all wheat’ plantings at 2.93 million acres. Ninety-two per cent of those acres were varieties in MASC’s red spring wheat category.

The Canadian Northern Hard Red is the next biggest wheat category at 149,977 insured acres, down six per cent from 2018.

Faller was the most popular variety, accounting for almost 77 per cent of the acres, followed by Prosper and Elgin ND at 22 and 0.8 per cent.

Insured winter wheat acres in Manitoba at 32,846 are down 50 per cent from 2018, the report shows.

The most popular winter wheat in 2019 was Emerson, accounting for 53 per cent of acres.

That’s up 10 per cent from 2018.

Insured soybean plantings of almost 1.3 million acres in 2019 were down 28 per cent from 2018.

The most poplar variety — S007-Y4 RR2Y (RT), accounted for 14 per cent of the plantings.

Total insured grain and silage corn plantings were up 10 per cent from last year to 543,813 acres.

Grain (416,259 acres) and silage (127,554 acres) were up nine and 11 per cent from 2018.

The most popular grain corn this spring was Pioneer’s P7527 AM (LT) (RT) accounting for almost 21 per cent of plantings.

Insured oat acreage isn’t far behind corn at 515,949, up 20 per cent from 2018.

CS Camden and Summit were the most popular taking 39 and 36 per cent of the acres.

Insured barley plantings of 337,775 acres in 2019 were up 33 per cent from last year.

Two feed barleys — CDC Austenson and Conlon — made up 23 and 22 per cent of the plantings.

Manitoba farmers planted 56,182 acres of insured potatoes in 2019, up four per cent from last year.

Eighty-four per cent, or 47,237 of those acres, were for processing. The most popular variety was Russet Burbank at 68 per cent of the acres.

Insured field pea plantings jumped 33 per cent to 104,435 acres in 2019. CDC Amarillo had 21 per cent of the acres.

Insured flax plantings of 42,008 were up 30 per cent.

CDC Glas accounted for 27 per cent of plantings.

Insured dry bean plantings totalling 155,565 acres were up 28 per cent.

Pintos, white pea beans and blacks made up most of the acres at 55,924, 43,615 and 27,308.

Vibrant, T9905 and Eclipse were the most popular varieties in each respective category accounting for 51, 80 and 76 per cent of plantings.

Insured total sunflower plantings of 65,863 acres were up 33 per cent.

Oil sunflower and non-oil plantings of 45,831 and 20,032 were up 42 and 17 per cent.

Talon was the most popular oil sunflower accounting for 27 per cent of plantings; 6946 DMR was the most popular non-oil sunflower with 66 per cent of the acres.

About the author

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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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