OTTAWA — Ontario farmers planted a little less corn than originally estimated in March, but both corn and soybeans are near all-time planting records, according to numbers from Statistics Canada.
StatCan’s June principal field crop area report said the estimated seeded acres for Ontario corn was 2.155-million acres, down slightly from the expected 2.17-million acres estimated by StatCan in March. The 2.155-million acres is higher than the 2.12-million acres planted last year and is the fifth-highest planting year of all-time. The record is 2.225-million acres in 2012 and 2013.
Ontario farmers planted 3.02-million acres of soybeans, right on target with the March estimate. This is the third time in the past five years that Ontario planted at least three-million acres of soybeans. The record is 3.075-million acres last year.
The field crop report is based on a survey of 24,500 Canadian farmers from May 11 to June 12. Farmers were asked to report their planting intentions for grain, oilseeds and special crops.