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

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.

The WASDE report also estimated wheat production to be reduced in Morocco by 800,000t to 2.7 million tonnes and to be reduced in Russia by 500,000t to 76.5 million tonnes.

Lower EU exports are expected to be partially offset by higher Australian exports.

Corn

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.

However, the national average corn yield remains at 178.5bu/ac. The WASDE report placed US corn production at 995 million bushels lower than last season.

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

Barley production was estimated lower for the EU and Morocco, but raised for Canada.