Canadian Canola Crush Hit

Oilseed processors in Canada crushed a record amount of canola during the 2023 calendar year, according to a report from Statistics Canada released March 13.

A total of 10.523 million tonnes of canola were crushed in the country in 2023, which was up by 20.0 per cent from the previous year and above the previous record of 10.290 million tonnes set in 2020.

Meanwhile, Canada’s soybean crush decreased by 5.7 per cent in 2023 to 1.763 million tonnes. Oil production totalled 4.422 million tonnes for canola and 329,856 tonnes for soybeans. Meal production totalled 6.200 million tonnes for canola and 1.371 million tonnes for soybeans.

High prices and increased exports of canola oil were behind the strong canola crush pace, according to StatCan. In 2021, the price of canola oil increased by 65.2 per cent over the previous year, and it has remained elevated ever since. In 2023, Canadian exports of canola oil increased 20.3 per cent from 2022, totaling 3.150 million tonnes. This trend was underpinned by higher supplies of canola, as production of canola was 31.2 per cent higher leading into 2023 than in the previous year.

In the United States, over the 2023 calendar year, oilseed processors crushed 61.268 million tonnes of soybeans which was up by 2.6 per cent from the previous year. A total of 2.059 million tonnes of canola was crushed in the U.S, marking a 19.2 per cent increase from 2022. Oil production totalled 12.052 million tonnes for soybeans and 825,227 tonnes for canola, while meal production totalled 45.241 million tonnes for soybeans and 1.198 million tonnes for canola.

By Phil Franz-Warkentin - MarketsFarm, GFM Network News.