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Mustard seeds: acreage reduced by 35%

July 22, 2020 11:58 AM, Der AUDITOR
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OTTAWA. In the current July Report, Agriculture and Agri-Foods Canada reports a drastic correction of the mustard seed acreage.

Production drops to 90,000 metric tonnes

Canada is one of the most important growing countries in the international mustard seed market. In 2019, the EU imported a total of 37,600 metric tonnes of mustard seeds from Canada, about one third of the total imports in that year. Now it has been reported that cultivation in 2020/2021 has declined by 35% to 104,000 ha compared to last year. The production estimate of 90,000 metric tonnes is a good half of the 2018/2019 crop, but experts are confident and expect prices to reach CAD 680-710 per metric tonnes EXW for the coming season.

Mustard seeds, Canada

2018/19 vs. 2019/20

2019/20 vs. 2020/21

Tilled

204,000

161,000

-21.1%

161,000

104,000

-35.4%

Harvested

197,000

155,000

-21.3%

155,000

100,000

-35.5%

Yield (mt/ha)

0.88

0.87

-1.1%

0.87

0.90

3.4%

Production

174,000

135,000

-22.4%

135,000

90,000

-33.3%

Imports

8,000

7,000

-12.5%

7,000

8,000

14.3%

Total stocks

235,000

214,000

-8.9%

214,000

153,000

-28.5%

Exports

121,000

115,000

-5.0%

115,000

115,000

0.0%

Domestic consumption

42,000

44,000

4.8%

44,000

33,000

-25.0%

Overhang stocks

73,000

55,000

-24.7%

55,000

5,000

-90.9%

avg price in CAD/mt

690

710

2.9%

710

695

-2.1%

Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada

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