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Canada growing more canola

Jeff Caldwell 08/30/2011 @ 2:18pm Multimedia Editor for Agriculture.com and Successful Farming magazine.

The 2011 canola crop in Canada could be a big one.

Statistics Canada released its latest crop size estimates recently, showing that nation's canola crop could break records. The latest data show Canadian prairie farmers expect to bump canola production by almost 11% to 13 million tonnes, according to Statistics Canada.

"This would be the result of a record area to be harvested of 17.8 million tonnes, the result of adverse weather conditions," according to Statistics Canada.

In Saskatchewan, farmers expect to plant 1.8 million more acres this year than in 2010, which could lead that province to raise 6.5 million tonnes, according to Statistics Canada, who surveyed more than 15,000 Canadian farmers in late July and early August to get its latest crop estimates.

Farmers in Alberta will add 4.8 million tonnes of canola, an increase of over 6% from 2010. That's 6 million acres, up over 10% from last year. The gains in Alberta and Saskatchewan will help offset the cutback in Manitoba acres. Farmers in that province look to raise 1.7 million tonnes, down 21.7% from a year ago.

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