The statistics agency confirmed overall increases in Canada's pulse crops last year, though the differences are mostly small.

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Statistics Canada released their latest production estimates for the 2013 growing season in Canada in early December. From a headline perspective the most grabbing figures were the large production numbers for wheat and canola. However, most pulse crops showed bigger crops as well.

Pea production in Canada was estimated at 3.849 MMT, which is above last year’s number but not far off trade expectations going into the report. Yellow peas make up the bulk of production, at 3.25 MMT. At 529,400 tonnes, green pea production saw the larger percentage, which is noteworthy given how extremely tight supplies were entering harvest.

Even though the harvest was larger, total pea supplies are not substantially larger than a year ago due to small old crop stocks. Early season demand has also been brisk. However, the entire western Canadian grain handling system is facing logistical struggles in moving the huge harvest, which in turn impacts the ability for growers to get their peas to market at the pace that they would like to.

The lentil production estimate for Canada was on the high end of trade expectations, at 1.88 MMT, 22% higher than the previous year. In the breakdown by class, red lentils were reported at 1.023 MMT, nearly double that of 2012. Large green lentil production was estimated at 645,000 tonnes, a decline of 10%. Small green lentil production was roughly flat at 169,200 tonnes. Although most of the lentils are shipped in containers instead of by bulk transport, they are not immune from some of the logistical bottlenecks that are impacting peas, which is affecting end user behavior.

Statistics Canada reported a small increase in chickpea production in 2013. But with a crop size of just 169,400 tonnes, Canada will remain a residual supplier to global markets.

Dry bean production in Canada was estimated at 205,900 tonnes, a sizeable drop from the previous year. However, it’s widely believed that this number is too low, and that actual production is likely closer to the 2012 figure near 275,000 tonnes.


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