Canada Rapeseed: Late September Snow Delays Harvest
USDA estimates Canada rapeseed production for 2019/20 at 19.5 million metric tons (mmt), down
0.6 mmt from last month and down 0.8 mmt from last year. Harvested area is estimated at 8.4
million hectares (mha), unchanged from last month and down 0.7 mha from last year. Yield is
estimated at 2.32 tons per hectare, down 3 percent from last month, but up 4 percent from last year.
The month-to-month decrease in yield is attributed to an early winter snow storm that occurred in
late September, which dropped several inches of snow on the Canadian Prairies. In addition to the
snow, an early season-ending freeze occurred in the main rapeseed growing regions of Alberta,
Saskatchewan and Manitoba, which produce 24, 50, and 15 percent, respectively. Canadian
sources expressed concern about both lodging and pod shattering in the high moisture seeds.
Harvest began in September. (For more information, please contact