Agriculture Canada is forecasting prairie farmers will seed more canola and wheat and less pulse crops this spring.
The forecast calls for an increase of almost one million acres of wheat this year.
FarmLink Marketing Solutions analyst Neil Townsend says the sizable reduction in pulse crops is due to stiff tariffs in India, a key market for Saskatchewan farmers.
“Definitely we think pulses are going to be affected by the economic to the prices in the entire India situation. That being said I mean again, the drier it is, without being severely dry. People might plant a little more lentils then they otherwise plant just because they thinks its a more tolerant crop.” said Townsend.
Townsend does not expect any quick resolution to the market access issues in India for Saskatchewan-grown pulses.