The projected area for Canadian wheat in 2023 is the largest it has been in over two decades

27 April 2023

The projected area for Canadian wheat in 2023 is the largest it has been in over two decades



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Canada has recently released the field crop areas report for 2023 on 26 April 2023. According to the report, Canadian farmers are expected to increase their cultivation of several crops, including wheat, canola, corn, barley, and soybeans, while reducing the areas planted to oats, lentils, and dry peas as compared to the previous year. The report forecasts that 10.91 million hectares of wheat will be planted in 2023, indicating a significant 6.22% increase from the previous year.


The report also shows that spring wheat areas are expected to rise by 7.51% to reach 7.85 million hectares, winter wheat areas are projected to increase by 12.64% to 0.61 million hectares, and durum wheat is estimated to increase by 0.93% to 2.45 million hectares, with all wheat areas projected to increase. The Canadian wheat forecast is reported to be the highest it has been in over two decades, which suggests a positive outlook for the Canadian agricultural industry.

Moreover, the report provides state-level estimates for wheat cultivation in Canada, showing that Saskatchewan is expected to see a wheat planting increase of 7.29%, while Alberta is projected to increase by 4.21%, and Manitoba is anticipated to increase by 3.31% from the previous year.

The possible reason behind this significant increase in wheat cultivation areas in Canada could be attributed to favourable prices and strong global demand for wheat.

Note: The 2022 Field Crop Survey – December, which collects information on stocks of principal field crops and seeding intentions, was conducted from December 12, 2022, to January 14, 2023, and included about 9,500 farmers. Respondents were asked to report their planting intentions for grains, oilseeds and special crops. This was the first-time seeding intentions were collected in December. Traditionally, seeding intentions have been collected in March. This change is part of the ongoing AgZero initiative within the Agriculture Division at Statistics Canada, which aims to assess the feasibility of using alternative methods to produce quality estimates.