Canola has been the driver of crop rotations and an indicator of Western Canada's financial health for decades. As a leading producer of canola, Canada is a substantial exporter of the grain to countries worldwide. In fact, canola is so distinctly Canadian that the "can" in the name "canola" was coined based on its Canadian prevalence. The Canola Council of Canada calls the crop "Canada's greatest agricultural success story" and the world's only "made in Canada" crop. Canola acres in Manitoba have grown to 3.2 million acres in 2011 from fewer than 30,000 acres in 1961.
In 2017, Canada exported $3.6 billion worth of Canola to China. The same year, exports of canola seeds and products generated $1.72 billion for Manitoba's economy alone.
In mid-March 2019, when China halted new purchases of all Canadian canola, the price impact was immediate to this significant contributor to the economy. The price of canola suddenly dropped. Demand for the commodity remained strong prior to this dispute. Canola farmers, including this Manitoba grain farm, could have serious repercussions from this trading halt.