Crop guide predicts a profitable year for most grains and oilseeds

Grain corn is the only crop that should not cover variable expenses or total expenses.

Most crops should be profitable for Saskatchewan farmers this year according to the annual Saskatchewan Crop Guide.

Grain corn is the only crop that should not cover variable expenses or total expenses. Total expenses include cost of land and depreciation.

Grain corn will cost farmers $21 per acre in variable expenses and $140 in total expenses.

Other marginal crops are feed barley, $65 per acre above variable costs and $46 loss on total cost; and Kabuli chickpeas, $91 more than variable expenses and $1.85 loss on total expenses.

The best returns are expected from large Kabuli chickpeas, $587 per acre on variables and $434 on total costs.

Oilseed Sunflower Seeds will fetch $447 and $339 respectively with Oriental Mustard $472 and $397 while Brown Mustard will fetch $461 and $385.

Among larger acreage crops, green edible peas will fetch $390 and $282, with yellow peas fetching $291 and $183.

Large green lentils will fetch $309 and $202, while red lentils will fetch $427 and $319.

Canola will fetch $317 and $265 with flaxseed at $317 and $209.

Durum wheat will fetch $375 and $267 with hard red spring wheat at $242 and $135 while winter wheat costs $123 and $15.

Oats will fetch $263 and $155 while feed barley will fetch $140 and $33.

In mustard, the eastern variety will fetch $124 and $32; brown mustard is $461 and $385; with yellow mustard at $447 and $339 per acre.

Canaryseed will fetch $269 and $162 with Camelina at $147 and $54.

Beans will return $427 and $360.

Ron Walter can be reached at [email protected]

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