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60% of canola seed exported abroad," the attaché noted. "CPTPP
will not have an impact on the MY 2018-19 forecast, because
the entry-into-force date will be well into or after the crop year."
On soybean production, the attaché reported that "producers are increasingly seeding soybeans on land traditionally
sown to wheat, particularly in Manitoba, where area seeded to
the total area seeded in Canada's leading producer, Ontario,
six years ago."
Exports of soybeans to China were up 55% in 2016-17,
"and are expected to continue to grow in order to meet a soaring appetite for soymeal in animal feed." Canada's soybean
crushing capacity is estimated at 3.2 million tonnes.
"There are two crushing plants in Ontario that crush canola
and soybeans, and one plant in Quebec that also crushes both
canola and soybeans," the report said. "While there are discussions of building a soybean crush facility in the Canadian
Prairies, there are currently no plans to do so.
BIOTECH AND BIOFUELS
The attaché put Canadian genetically engineered crop area at
12.53 million hectares for 2017, up 17% from 2016. The GE
crops grown are mainly canola, soybeans, corn, sugar beets
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and some alfalfa. In April, the USDA attaché produced a forecast of 3% growth in fuel ethanol production in 2017, bringing
it to 1.790 billion liters.
"Production growth has been largely attributed to a change
in feedstocks at one facility and increased capacity at two ethanol facilities," a report on the sector said.
With more capacity expected to come on line, the USDA
forecast Canadian ethanol capacity to reach 1.970 billion liters in 2018.
"Canadian federal blending requirements in excess of 2 billion liters of fuel grade ethanol continued to outstrip Canadian
fuel ethanol production in 2016, sustaining imports of 1.103
billion liters," the report said.
Most Canadian ethanol is produced from maize and wheat,
although some cellulosic ethanol production from wood waste
and municipal solid waste has started. Canada produces biodiesel from canola, animal fat and recycled oils. Production of
biodiesel is more than needed for blended mandate requirements, but Canada still imports biodiesel because it exports
most of its production to the United States.
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