As of December 31, 2015, total stocks of wheat and canola were down compared with the same period in 2014. Conversely, total stocks of corn for grain, barley and soybeans increased from the same date a year earlier, while oat stocks were stable.

Total stocks of wheat decreased 19.3% from December 31, 2014, to 20.7 million tonnes, as a result of a 6.2% decline in production and lower carry-in stocks (-32.0%) in 2015. Stocks held on farm totalled 16.8 million tonnes, 20.8% lower compared with December 31, 2014. Commercial stocks were 11.6% lower at 3.9 million tonnes.

Canola stocks were 12.1 million tonnes as of December 31, 2015, down 3.9% from the same date in 2014. On-farm stock levels fell 7.6% to 10.4 million tonnes. Meanwhile, commercial stock levels rose 28.0% over the same period to a record high 1.7 million tonnes. Increased exports and industrial use (through crushing) has influenced the overall canola stock decline.

Total stocks of corn for grain reached 11.4 million tonnes on December 31, 2015, up 17.0% from the same date in 2014. This gain in stocks reflected an 18.0% increase in production in 2015. The overall advance resulted from a 12.4% increase in on-farm stocks to 8.6 million tonnes and a record high level of commercial stocks, up 34.1% to 2.7 million tonnes.

Barley stocks rose 4.1% from December 31, 2014, to 5.7 million tonnes at the end of 2015. The increase was attributable to a 6.5% gain in on-farm stocks to 5.4 million tonnes. Commercial stocks, which accounted for less than 5% of overall barley stocks, fell 32.0% to 231 500 tonnes.

Soybean stocks as of December 31, 2015, edged up 1.0% from the same date in 2014 to a record high 3.4 million tonnes. Although stocks held on farm declined from the record amount of 2.0 million tonnes held on December 31, 2014, commercial stocks rose 8.3% to 1.4 million tonnes.

Stocks of oats were virtually unchanged at 2.6 million tonnes on December 31, 2015. Stocks held on farm edged down 1.5% to 2.3 million tonnes. Meanwhile, commercial stocks rose 17.0% to 220 100 tonnes.

December 2013December 2014December 2015December 2013 to December 2014December 2014 to December 2015
thousands of tonnesthousands of tonnesthousands of tonnes% change% change
Total wheat29 06325 61820 682-11.9-19.3
Durum wheat5 2644 1024 225-22.13.0
Wheat excluding durum23 79921 51616 458-9.6-23.5
Barley6 7725 4415 666-19.74.1
Canola13 03312 60812 119-3.3-3.9
Corn for grain11 5909 71511 364-16.217.0
Dry field peas2 3352 2742 212-2.6-2.7
Flaxseed51859273214.323.6
Lentils1 9681 653869-16.0-47.4
Oats2 8332 5532 550-9.9-0.1
Rye133129135-3.04.7
Soybeans2 6833 3173 35123.61.0