Russia’s wheat production for 2017/18 is forecast at 77.5 million metric tons (mmt), up 5.5 mmt from last month and surpassing last year’s record output by 5.0 mmt, U.S Department of Agriculture (USDA) said in a report.
The month-to-month increase is based on two factors. With the harvest of winter wheat approximately 60 percent complete, reports from the Ministry of Agriculture cite high winter wheat yields in the Southern, North Caucasus, and Central Districts of Russia, the USDA said in its latest World Agriculture Supply and Demand Estimates (WASDE) report.
“In addition, satellite imagery indicates outstanding conditions and high potential yields in the country’s spring wheat zone, including the Siberian, Ural, and Volga Districts. The estimated total-wheat yield of 2.89 tons per hectare is up 10 percent from last month, up 8 percent from last year’s record, and 25 percent above the 5-year average,” the report said.
The USDA reduced the estimated harvested from 27.3 to 26.8 million hectares based on final sown area data from Rosstat, the State Statistical Service of Russia.
“Winter wheat accounts for about 50 percent of Russia’s total wheat area and about 70 percent of the production. Spring wheat harvest will begin in September,” the report said.
All USDA crop production estimates for Russia exclude estimated output from Crimea.