Quality of Canadian non-food grade soybeans 2014
Weather and production review
It was a challenging growing season for soybeans in the eastern Canada. The majority of the soybeans were planted in the last week of May and first week of June. The growing season was relatively cool and wet, which resulted in a later-maturing crop and a late harvest.
Source: Ontario: Ministry of Agriculature, Food, and Rural Affairs
Climate across the Prairies was quite varied during the 2014 growing season. Spring temperatures were 4 to 5 degrees lower than average, which delayed seeding by about 2 to 3 weeks. The majority of seeding was complete by late May and early June. Most of the soybean growing regions received a lot of precipitation, which also delayed harvest. The harvest was completed by the 3rd week of October.
Source: Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada
Production and grade information
Soybean production in Canada increased from 5.3 million tonnes in 2013 to 6.0 million tonnes in 2014. In Ontario, production was 3.8 million tonnes, an increase from 2013. Production was higher in 2014 in both Quebec (898,000 tonnes) and Manitoba (1.1 million tonnes).
Harvest samples submitted to the Canadian Grain Commission from Ontario, Quebec, Prince Edward Island, New Brunswick, Manitoba and Saskatchewan were graded by Canadian Grain Commission inspectors.
Of the samples submitted, 97% were in the top 2 grades. More than half of these samples came from eastern Canada. The remaining 3% of samples received were graded Soybean, No. 3 Canada and lower.
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