Spain's wheat output to rise 15% year-over-year to 6.69 million tonnes, beating August estimate, Agriculture Ministry says; corn production to rise 13% to 3.71 million tonnes, but fall short of previous forecast of 3.84 million tonnes
September 19, 2011
– Spain increased the outlook for this year’s wheat harvest on higher yield, but cut output expectations on corn, Bloomberg reported Sept. 19.
Wheat production will increase 15% to 6.69 million tonnes, up from 5.84 million tonnes last year and larger than the August forecast of 6.53 million tonnes, Spain’s Agriculture Ministry said in a report on its website Sept. 19.
Winter grains in the country saw conditions in winter and spring including abundant rainfall and relatively high temperatures that helped bolster yields, according to a July report from the European Union’s crop monitoring unit.
Production of soft-wheat will reach 5.72 million tonnes, up 17% from 4.89 million tonnes last year based on conditions as of July 31, improving on the 13% growth previously forecast, the ministry said.
Durum wheat output will rise 1.6% tot 967,100 tonnes despite an 18% drop in plantings, according to government data.
Spain’s corn production will rise 13% to 3.71 million tonnes, falling short of the 3.84 million tonnes previously estimated, said the ministry.
Barley output will advance 3.9% to 8.48 million tonnes, the report said.
The primary source of this article is Bloomberg, New York, New York, on Sept. 19, 2011.