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Canadian corn, soybean stocks increase

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MarketsFarm — New stats show larger soybeans and corn stocks in Canada as of July 31 when compared to the same time last year.

Statistics Canada issued its updated report on stocks of grain and oilseeds on Tuesday morning.

The federal agency said combined farm and commercial stocks of corn rose by over 29 per cent, going from 1.98 million tonnes on July 31, 2019 to 2.56 million the following year. Soybeans were up three per cent, from 700,000 tonnes at the end of July 2019 to 721,000 as of July 2020.

On-farm stocks of corn increased, going from 1.08 million tonnes in July 2019 to 1.99 million tonnes in July 2020. For soybeans, on-farm stocks also increased, from 95,000 tonnes to 196,000.

In the commercial pipeline, corn stocks dropped from 903,000 in July 2019 to 566,000 this past July. Soybean stocks were lower as well, from 604,000 tonnes a year ago to 525,000 in July 2020.

Unlike most crops in Canada with a marketing year from Aug. 1 to July 31, the year for corn and soybeans runs Sept. 1 to Aug. 31.

Table: Canadian farm and commercial stocks in thousands of tonnes. Source: Statistics Canada.

Crop 2019 2020 Difference (%)
Durum 1,832 737* -59.8
Wheat 4,209.   . 4,763* +13.2
All wheat.    . 6,041 5,499*.   . -9.0
Barley 863 957 +10.9
Oats 397 426 +7.3
Corn 1,979 2,560 +29.4
Canola 4,435 3,131* -29.4
Flax 60 64 +6.7
Soybeans 700 721 +3.0
Lentils 856 209* -75.6
Dry peas 312 233 -25.3

* – Numbers revised from previous Statistics Canada report.

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