The USCA Canola Acreage Task Force was formed in 2007 to expand acreage in new growing regions and to limit acreage loss in existing growing regions. To this end, regional acreage goals with national totals and a five-year plan (2014-18) – the Promote Canola Acres program – were developed to achieve those goals.
By 2018, the total proposed U.S. acreage goal was 3.7 million with the Northern Plains increasing from 1 million to 1.7 million acres of canola by 2018; the southern Great Plains from 400,000 to 1.5 million; the Pacific Northwest from 200,000 to 400,000 and the southeast from 30,000 to 60,000.
The Northern Plains reached its goal as of 2019. Other regions increased acreage at a slower rate but still have tremendous potential to reach the USCA’s goals. Here are current statistics on U.S. planted and harvested canola acres by state: