Posted on February 14, 2020 by Sustainable Food News

Canada’s GE crop acreage drops for 2nd straight year

Farmers eschewing soybeans for wheat, pulses

In 2019, Canada planted nearly 28 million acres of genetically engineered (GE) crops, down 7 percent from 2018, and marking the second consecutive year of decline.

That’s according to a new report by the USDA’s Foreign Agricultural Service (FAS), which said the decline is attributed to reductions in area seeded to canola and soybean, particularly in Manitoba and Saskatchewan.

Other GE crops planted in Canada include corn, sugar beets and some alfalfa.

“Responding to lower soybean yields from dry planting conditions and expected moisture deficiency throughout the growing season, farmers continued to move away from soybeans in those two prairie provinces in favor of wheat, pulses, or other crops,” said the report.

Read the FAS report here.

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