EU wheat and barley production estimated down
The latest World Agricultural Supply and Demand Estimates (WASDE) report, released on July 10, by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) stated that there is expected to be smaller supplies of wheat, but there is also expected to be reduced consumption, lower exports and decreased stocks.
The July WASDE report didn’t release too many figures to shake up the markets.
Wheat production is estimated to be reduced in the EU by 1.5 million tonnes to 139.5 million tonnes. The main decrease in production is expected to come from France and Spain. The report noted that if this reduction occurs it will be the smallest EU wheat harvest since 2012/2013.
Lower EU exports are expected to be partially offset by higher Australian exports.
US corn production is expected to decline this season as reduced planted and harvested areas were reported in the Acreage Report released on June 30.
Corn production was forecast unchanged across the globe.
Interestingly, Canada is expected to increase its imports of corn this season on the back of lower production. Ireland is one of the biggest importers of Canadian Grain in Europe.
Barley production was estimated lower for the EU and Morocco, but raised for Canada.