From Ray Baynton, Blackburn News
OMAFRA specialist Peter Johnson estimates more than 600 thousand acres of wheat were planted in Ontario this fall. That compares to the 680 thousand the province’s farmers harvested in the spring. Most of this fall’s acres – 82 per cent – were planted in soft red winter wheat. Hard red came in at 12 per cent while soft white makes up about 6 per cent of the planted acres.
The Ministry’s seasonal summary for cereals reports Ontario winter barley acres all but disappeared this fall. Soft red winter wheat also made up the bulk of the crop planted in 2013 – at over 87 per cent. Hard red 7 and a half per cent, and soft white 5 per cent of what was planted last fall.
Johnson calls the winter of 2014 one of the harshest in memory. He says the majority of wheat acres suffered significant winterkill, with 15 per cent of planted acres ending up being replanted to another crop. Final winter wheat yields ended up slightly blow trendline at 78 bushels an acre.
OMAFRA described 2014 spring cereal planting as being incredibly late. But cool temperatures throughout the growing season allowed for better yields than anticipated. Spring wheat came in at 114 per cent of average at 58 point 9 bushels an acre while the spring cereals came in at 113 per cent of average.