Fields of Gold

CLAAS continues to expand its presence in the North American agricultural industry. The U.S. and Canada are among the most exciting agricultural markets in the world.

Dirk Böttcher

Canada
is the world’s fifth largest exporter of agricultural products. Exports in 2018 totaled 34 billion U.S. dollars.

3.6 million square kilometers
of land is used for agriculture in the U.S. The whole of India only measures 3.2 million square kilometers.

Successful neighbors
The U.S. and Canada are two of the largest wheat producers on the planet. (figures stated in millions of metric tons per year)

133.6
103.6
73.6
52.26
40.6
32.35
90 days

are available from seed to harvest in the northern part of the province of Saskatchewan, Canada’s “grain belt.”

By 2030

the Canadian agricultural sector will generate sales of 51 billion U.S. dollars according to the Royal Bank of Canada.

178.5 ha

of land is managed by the average farm in the U.S. More than half of all farms have more than 800 ha.

Not only is North America a front-runner economically with its tech and internet giants, the U.S. and Canada are also true heavyweights in agriculture. The U.S., the world’s largest exporter of agricultural products, and Canada, fifth on the same list, ship food worth more than 1.3 trillion U.S. dollars every year. Land available for cultivation in both countries is larger than the area of India, and the market has a corresponding significance for manufacturers of agricultural machinery.

There is plenty of untapped potential, too. Canada, the second largest country on the planet, has some lofty ambitions when it comes to its national agricultural industry. It intends to develop Canadian agriculture into the most modern, sustainable, and prosperous sector in the world, according to Sarah Rostami, Senior Communications Officer of the Investment Agriculture Foundation (IAF) of British Columbia, in an interview with Foodtank, a non-profit think tank for food.

Seed to harvest in 90 days
The Canadian government has backed this ambitious objective by announcing a three-million Canadian dollar investment program, most of which will go toward funding a variety of research projects, including in the province of Saskatchewan, Canada’s “grain belt,” which is home to almost half of the country’s arable land. Here, most operations constitute enormous grain and oilseed farms that can only be managed using state-of-the-art, high-performance technology. This is partly due to the climatic conditions, which only allow a brief window from seed to harvest – in some cases of just over 90 days. Canada also suffers from a major dearth of manpower.

According to Farm Credit Canada (FCC), Canada’s largest lender in the agricultural sector, the outlook is positive for the top four export products of wheat, rapeseed, soybean, and pulses. Its report praises the long-term trade agreements Canada has concluded with the most important markets in the world, which has enabled the country to take on a leading position in global trade.

More corn and soy

In the U.S., growth is set to return to the market leader following pandemic-related slumps. According to the latest figures published by the U.S. Department of Agriculture, cultivation of corn and soy is the highest it has been for years. In livestock farming, pig numbers rose to an all-time high of 78 million in the first quarter.

Technology and machinery will play an increasingly important role in this area moving forward. Innovative ideas are already having a lasting effect on the sector. This transformation is also necessary, as the U.S. is also suffering from a shortage of workers in the agricultural industry, weather phenomena are complicating cultivation and harvesting, and the percentage of fertile land is falling.

Since the launch of the LEXION in 2019, all CLAAS products are now resplendent in seed green and ­almost the entire CLAAS range is available on the market. As a result, the company can help to find the right answers to the biggest challenges and assist both countries in their efforts to reach their ­ambitious targets.

Top of the tree

Canada’s harvest volumes for four of the most important crops in 2019.

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