The USDA National Ag Statistics Service issued its Annual Prospective Plantings Report on March 29 and it shows that North Dakota canola acres are expected to be 1.65 million acres this year. This is up 90,000 acres from last year’s planted acreage and up 190,000 acres from 2016.
Producers intend to plant 2.08 million acres in the U.S. in 2018, down just 1,000 acres from last year’s record high planted area. Compared with last year, planted area is expected to increase in 4 of the major canola-producing States, with acreage in Idaho expected to nearly double from 2017. If realized, planted area in Idaho, North Dakota, and Washington will be record highs.