|Randy Strychar, president, Ag Commodity Research|
But Randy Strychar, president, Ag Commodity Research, North Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, pointed out 975,000 tonnes of oats will be carried over into the 2018-19 crop year compared with a 2017-18 carry-in of 703,000 tonnes. The huge supply has and will continue to exert tremendous pressure on oat prices and may encourage growers to plant less oats this year in favor of other crops. Strychar forecast Canadian oats plantings to decline 2% to 5% from 2017.
Shawna Mathieson, a Saskatchewan oats grower and executive director, Prairie Oat Growers Association, forecast Canadian oats plantings this spring to be down 5.5% from 2017. Breaking down plantings prospects by province, Mathieson said, based on conversations with several growers, oats plantings may decline 19% in Alberta and 16% in Saskatchewan. She said Manitoba planted area may increase 14% from 2017, but the increase in that province will be more than offset by area losses in the other two major oats-producing provinces.