USDA raises EU wheat production estimates due to May rains

Wheat production in the European Union (EU, 27 members) is estimated at 137.5 million metric tons (mmt), up 3.5 mmt from last month, up 11.6 mmt from last year and 5 percent above the 5-year average, the U.S. Department of Agriculture said in its latest global agri forecast report.

It said crop area is estimated at 23.9 million hectares (mha), unchanged from last month, but 0.8 mha (3 percent) higher than last year and 1 percent below the 5-year average. Yield is estimated at 5.77 tons per hectare, up 3 percent from last month, up 6 percent from last year and from the 5-year average.

The largest EU changes this month include:

  • Germany with a 1.3 mmt increase to 22.9 mmt.
  • France, the EU’s largest wheat producer, is estimated up 0.8 mmt to 37.5 mmt.
  • Romania, which has had very favourable weather is up 0.5 mmt to 9.2 mmt.
  • Lithuania up 0.3 mmt to 4.6 mmt
  • Poland up 0.2 mmt to 12.0 mmt, and
  • Bulgaria up 0.2 mmt to 5.9 mmt.

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