Canada Wheat and Canola Yields Seen Above Average, CWB Says

Jul 31, 2014 5:37 pm ET

July 31 (Bloomberg) -- Canada wheat and canola yields are expected to stay above average in 2014 even after delayed spring planting and flooding last month in parts of the prairies.

Spring-wheat yields across Alberta, Manitoba and Saskatchewan, Canada’s largest producer, are seen at 43.1 bushels per acre, down 19 percent from a year earlier and above the five-year average of 38.7 bushels, according to data collected by CWB during a four-day tour of the region. Canola yield potential is estimated at 34.3 bushels per acre, lower than the 40 bushels collected in 2013 and above the five-year average of 34.2 bushels, CWB data show.

“We’re looking at a pretty solid average crop,” Bruce Burnett, weather and crop specialist with CWB, said in an interview. “There will be some regions that will have production close to last year, and there will be some regions that have a significant drop in production.”

Municipalities in Saskatchewan and Manitoba declared a states of emergency after record rainfall in June. Some areas were hit with as much as 200 millimeters (8 inches) of precipitation in 48 hours during the final weekend of that month, washing out roads and leaving fields under water.

Cereal and oilseed crops in parts of southeast Saskatchewan and Manitoba sustained yield and acreage losses, Burnett said. As many as 4 million acres were unseeded or flooded from the moisture in the region, according to CWB.

Production on areas of the prairies unscathed by storm damage may be similar to 2013, and yields will be above the long-term average, according to CWB.

“I think everything looks great except in the southeast,” said Glenn Harris, who farms wheat, canola, barley and peas on his 4,000 acres 90 miles west of Saskatoon, Saskatchewan.