Crop Reports Help Lentils

PANAMA - Dec 7/18 - SNS -- Lentil markets were helped by steady demand during the past week and a smaller than initially expected crop in Canada.

In its final crop report of the year, Statistics Canada pegged production at 2.092 million metric tons (MT) from 3.769 million acres, down 17% from last year's 2.56 million MT harvest and 6% below initial forecasts.

Production of all classes dropped from 2.29 to 1.89 million MT in Saskatchewan, Alberta's harvest fell from 264,400 to 199,600 MT, while output in other provinces slipped from 1,000 to 800 MT.