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OMAFRA: 2021 canola season summary


November 30, 2021
By Alex Barnard


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The Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs’ (OMAFRA’s) field crop team has compiled information on spring and winter canola grown in Ontario during the 2021 season.

According to OMAFRA, 33,000 acres of spring canola were seeded and insured by Agricorp in 2021. Compared to 2020, total acres of spring canola decreased in regions south of Huntsville and increased in regions north of Huntsville. There were more than 14,500 acres of canola seeded in Temiskaming District, which is a significant increase from the 9,300 acres seeded last year and is the highest acreage since 2011. Harvest was somewhat delayed because of wet weather, and while initial yield reports were strong, it appears that yields were significantly lower to roughly equal to 2020’s results.

Approximately 4,800 acres of winter canola were seeded in fall 2020 and insured by Agricorp. More than 10,000 acres of winter canola have been seeded this fall, likely due to strong canola prices. Seeding no-till into wheat residue has led to significant losses to slugs in some fields; this practice is not recommended. Yield reports received by OMAFRA for the 2020-seeded crop were generally between 3,300 and 3,750 lb./ac. |READ MORE

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