India Peanuts: Below-Average Monsoon Impacts Peanut Production.

(Oct 11, 2018)

USDA estimates 2018/19 India peanut production at 4.7 million metric tons, down 18 percent from last month and down 29 percent from last year. The month-to-month decrease of over 1 million tons is due to reduced area and lower yields stemming from drought conditions in the main peanut producing area of Kutch in northwestern Gujarat. Area harvested is estimated at 4.7 million hectares, down 6 percent from last month. Yield is estimated to reach 1.0 metric ton per hectare, down 23 percent from last year. (For more information, please contact Arnella.Trent@fas.usda.gov.)

India Cotton: Weak 2018 Southwest Monsoon Impacts Production.

(Oct 11, 2018)

USDA estimates 2018/19 India cotton production at 28.7 million 480-pound bales, down 1 percent from 2017. Area is estimated at 12.3 million hectares, up 3 percent from last month and down slightly from last year. The 3-percent increase in area is due mainly to favorable prices during planting. Yield is estimated to drop to 508 kilograms per hectare, down 3 percent from last month and down slightly from last year. The yield adjustment is due to the rainfall deficits in the major cotton producing areas of Gujarat and Maharashtra. (For more information, please contact Arnella.Trent@fas.usda.gov.)

Australia Cotton: Production Forecast Decreased.

(Oct 11, 2018)

USDA estimates 2018/19 Australia cotton production at 2.5 million 480-pound bales, down 0.5 million bales from last month and down 2.2 million or 47 percent from last year. Harvested area is estimated at 0.3 million hectares, down 20 percent from last month, and down 43 percent from last year. Yield is forecast at 1,814 kilograms per hectare, up 4 percent from last month but 6 percent below the 5-year average. The overall yield increased from last month because of a forecast decrease in the share of the area sown to lower-yielding dryland cotton. Irrigated cotton yields are substantially higher than dryland yields and the difference widens in low-rainfall years. On average about 90 percent of Australia’s total cotton comes from irrigated areas. Dryland planting tends to vary with the seasonal weather forecast and prices at sowing. The notable factor this season is the decrease in irrigation water availability that was exacerbated by below normal precipitation during the month of September. Sorghum and cotton are the two dominant summer crops in eastern Australia. Cotton sowing commences in October and harvest begins in April. (For more information, please contact James.Crutchfield@fas.usda.gov.)

Egypt Cotton: Area Increases after Reaching All-Time Low in 2016.

(Oct 11, 2018)

USDA estimates 2018/19 Egypt cotton production at 450,000 480-pound bales, up 30,000 bales (7 percent) from last month, and up 150,000 bales (50 percent) from last year. Area is estimated at 135,000 hectares, 10,000 hectares (8 percent) above last month, and 44,000 hectares (48 percent) above last year. Yield is estimated at 726 kilograms per hectare, down 1 percent from last month, but up 1 percent from last year. (For more information, please contact Bryan.Purcell@fas.usda.gov.)

China Corn: Production Estimated to Increase from Last Year.

(Oct 11, 2018)

USDA estimates China’s 2018/19 corn production at a record 225 million metric tons, unchanged from last month, up 4 percent from last year, and up 3 percent from the 5-year average. Yield is estimated at a record 6.16 tons per hectare (t/ha) unchanged from last month, up 1 percent from last year’s record of 6.09 t/ha, and up 3 percent from the 5-year average. Area is estimated at 36.5 million hectares, unchanged from last month, but up 3 percent from last year. (For more information, please contact Dath.Mita@fas.usda.gov.)

Russia Corn: Reported Yield in the Southern District is down 40 Percent from Last Yea.

(Oct 11, 2018)

USDA estimates Russia corn production for 2018/19 at 11.0 million metric tons (mmt), down 1.0 mmt from last month and down 2.2 mmt from last year. The estimated harvested area is unchanged from last month at 2.45 million hectares. Yield is estimated at 4.49 tons per hectare, down 8 percent from both last month and last year and 9 percent below the 5-year average. The month-to-month decrease is based on harvest reports from the Ministry of Agriculture indicating a 40-percent year-to-year yield decrease in the Southern District, which accounts for 35 percent of the country’s total corn area. The low yields in southern Russia are attributed to severe heat during the growing season. High reported yields in the Central District, Russia’s other major corn region, will partially offset the unusually low production in the Southern District. The reported yield for the Central District, where harvest was 36 percent complete as of October 9, is up 23 percent from last year. The Russian corn harvest will continue through the end of November. (For more information, please contact Mark.Lindeman@fas.usda.gov.)

Egypt Corn: Record Production as Farmers Increase Plantings.

(Oct 11, 2018)

Egypt corn production for 2018/19 is estimated at 6.8 million metric tons (mmt), up 0.4 mmt (6 percent) from both last month and last year. Area harvested is estimated at 85,000 hectares, up 5,000 hectares (6 percent) from both last month and last year. Estimated yield is unchanged at 8.0 metric tons per hectare, unchanged from last month and last year. (For more information, please contact Bryan.Purcell@fas.usda.gov.)

Egypt Rice: Lowest Area since 2010.

(Oct 11, 2018)

USDA estimates 2018/19 Egypt rice production at 4.1 million metric tons (mmt), or 2.8 mmt on a milled basis, down 15 percent from last month and down 35 percent from last year. Harvested area is estimated at 462,000 hectares, down 126,000 hectares (21 percent) from last month, and down 300,000 hectares from last year (39 percent). Yield is estimated at 8.78 metric tons per hectare, up 8 percent from last month and up 7 percent from last year. (For more information, please contact Bryan.Purcell@fas.usda.gov.)

Philippines Rice: Estimated Production Reduced Due to Typhoon Mangkhut.

(Oct 11, 2018)

USDA estimates Philippines 2018/19 rice production at 12.2 million metric tons (milled-basis), down 1 percent from both last month and last year. Area harvested is estimated at 4.8 million hectares, down slightly from both last month and last year. Yield is estimated at 4.01 tons per hectare, unchanged from both last month and last year. (For more information, please contact Justin.Jenkins@fas.usda.gov.)

Madagascar Rice: Estimated Production Increases Due to Favorable Weather.

(Oct 11, 2018)

Madagascar’s 2018/19 milled rice production is estimated at 2.75 million metric tons (milledbasis), up 19 percent from last month, up 39 percent from last year, and up 18 percent from the 5-year average. Area is estimated at 1.5 million hectares, up 5 percent from both last year and the 5-year average. Yield is estimated at 2.87 metric tons per hectare, up 32 percent from last year and up 13 percent from the 5-year average. (For more information, please contact Curt.Reynolds@fas.usda.gov.)

Australia Wheat: Forecast Production Revised Down.

(Oct 11, 2018)

USDA forecasts Australia’s 2018/19 wheat crop at 18.5 million metric tons (mmt), down 1.5 mmt (8 percent) from last month, and down 2.8 mmt (13 percent) from last year. Harvested area is expected to total 11.0 million hectares (mha), unchanged from last month and down 1.25 mha (10 percent) from last year. Yield is forecast at 1.68 tons per hectare, 18 percent below the 5-year average. (For more information, please contact James.Crutchfield@fas.usda.gov.)

Russia Wheat: Ural District Yield is Lower than Expected.

(Oct 11, 2018)

Russia wheat production for 2018/19 is estimated at 70.0 million metric tons (mmt), down 1.0 mmt from last month and down 15.0 mmt from last year’s record crop. The estimate includes 51.0 mmt of winter wheat and 19.0 mmt of spring wheat, and excludes estimated output from Crimea. Harvested area is estimated at 26.0 million hectares (mha) – 14.35 mha winter and 11.65 mha spring – against 27.3 mha last year. The month-to-month decrease is based chiefly on a sharp drop in the estimated output from the Ural District, where the reported yield is down 17 percent from last year despite generally favorable weather during the growing season and satellite-derived vegetation indices supporting forecasts of high potential yield. Total-wheat yield for Russia is estimated at 2.69 tons per hectare, down about 1 percent from last month, down 13 percent from last year, and 4 percent above the 5-year average. The wheat harvest is essentially complete except for the Ural and Siberian Districts, where the launch of the harvest campaign was delayed due to late spring planting. Dry weather since mid-September has facilitated rapid progress, and harvest as of October 8 had been completed on 82 percent of the sown area in Siberia and 90 percent in the Ural District. (For more information, please contact Mark.Lindeman@fas.usda.gov.)

Russia Barley: Official Harvest Reports Cite Average Yield.

(Oct 11, 2018)

Russia barley production for 2018/19 is estimated at 16.5 million metric tons (mmt), down 1.0 mmt from last month and down 3.7 mmt from last year’s record crop. The month-tomonth decrease is based mostly on a 4-percent decrease in the estimated harvested area, from 8.0 to 7.7 million hectares. (For more information, please contact Mark.Lindeman@fas.usda.gov.)

Turkey Sunflowerseed: Record Yield Estimate Due to Excellent Growing Conditions.

(Oct 11, 2018)

USDA estimates Turkey 2018/19 sunflowerseed production at 1.8 million metric tons (mmt), up 0.1 mmt from last month and up 0.3 mmt from last year. Harvested area is estimated at 750,000 hectares (ha) up 25,000 ha from last month and up 7 percent from last year. Precipitation and irrigation resources in the sunflower growing regions were above average for most of the planting window, followed by frequent and well-timed rains throughout development and maturation. The Normalized Difference Vegetation Index (NDVI) has been above average for the entire sunflowerseed growing season. The estimated yield is at a record level of 2.40 tons per ha, unchanged from last month and up 8 percent from last year. Harvest started in August and usually continues through October. (For more information, please contact William.Baker@fas.usda.gov.)

Australia Wheat: Forecast Production Revised Down.

(Sep 12, 2018)

USDA forecasts Australia’s 2018/19 wheat crop at 20.0 million metric tons (mmt), down 2.0 mmt or 9 percent from last month, and down 1.3 mmt or 6 percent from last year. Harvested area is now expected to total 11.0 million hectares (mha), down 1.0 mha from last month, and down 1.25 mha or 10 percent from last year. Expected yield is estimated at 1.82 tons per hectare, essentially the same as last year. (For more information, please contact James.Crutchfield@fas.usda.gov.)

Canada Wheat: Estimated Production Reduced on Lower-than-Expected Yield.

(Sep 12, 2018)

USDA estimates Canada 2018/19 wheat production at 31.5 million metric tons, down 3 percent from last month but up 5 percent from last year. Harvested area is estimated at 9.8 million hectares, up 1 percent from last month and up 9 percent from last year. Yield is estimated at 3.21 metric tons per hectare, down 4 percent from last month and down 4 percent from last year. (For more information, please contact Justin.Jenkins@fas.usda.gov).

Kazakhstan Wheat: Estimated Production Increased by 0.5 Million Tons .

(Sep 12, 2018)

Kazakhstan wheat production for 2018/19 is estimated at 15.0 million metric tons (mmt), up 0.5 mmt from last month and up 0.2 mmt from last year. The month-to-month increase is based on favorable conditions in most of the main spring wheat region throughout the growing season. The estimated harvested area decreased to 11.2 million hectares (mha), down 0.3 mha from last month and down 0.7 mha from last year based on final sown area data from the State Statistical Agency. Wheat area has been declining for the past ten years, while the area planted to oilseeds and feed grains has been increasing. (For more information, please contact Mark.Lindeman@fas.usda.gov.)

Russia Wheat: Harvest Reports Drive Increase in Estimated Production .

(Sep 12, 2018)

Russia wheat production for 2018/19 is estimated at 71.0 million metric tons (mmt), up 3.0 mmt from last month but down 14.0 mmt from last year’s record crop. The estimate includes 51.0 mmt of winter wheat and 20.0 mmt of spring wheat, and excludes estimated output from Crimea. Harvested area is estimated at 26.0 million hectares (14.35 mha winter and 11.65 mha spring), against 27.3 mha last year. The month-to-month increase is based on two factors: a 2-percent increase in the estimated harvested area for total wheat, and a 3-percent increase in the estimated winter wheat yield. (For more information, please contact Mark.Lindeman@fas.usda.gov.)

Mexico Soybeans: Yield Estimate Reduced Due to Extreme Dryness.

(Sep 12, 2018)

USDA estimates Mexico 2018/19 soybean production at 430,000 metric tons, down 12 percent from last month and down 1 percent from last year. Extreme dryness in Mexico’s main soybean areas, southern Tamaulipas and eastern San Luis Potosi, resulted in significant sowing delays and farmers opting to switch to alternative crops, most notably sorghum. Area is estimated at 260,000 hectares, down 4 percent from last month and down 1 percent from last year. Yield is estimated at 1.65 metric tons per hectare, down 9 percent from last month and unchanged from last year. (For more information, please contact Justin.Jenkins@fas.usda.gov).

Canada Rapeseed: Production Estimate Remains Unchanged.

(Sep 12, 2018)

USDA estimates Canada 2018/19 rapeseed production at 21.1 million metric tons, unchanged from last month, but down 1 percent from last year. Harvested area is estimated at 9.1 million hectares, unchanged from last month but down 2 percent from last year. Yield is estimated at 2.32 metric tons per hectare, unchanged from last month but up 1 percent from last year. (For more information please contact Justin.Jenkins@fas.usda.gov).

China Rice: 2018/19 Production Forecast to Decrease from Last Month.

(Sep 12, 2018)

USDA forecasts China’s 2018/19 rice production at 140.8 million metric tons (mmt), down approximately 1 percent (1.4 mmt) from last month, down 5.2 mmt from last year, and down almost 3 percent from the 5-year average. Area is estimated at 29.5 million hectares (mha), unchanged from last month and down 2 percent from last year. Yield is forecast at 6.82 metric tons per hectare (rough basis), down 1 percent from last month, down over 1 percent from last year, and down slightly from the 5-year average. The forecast yield is significantly below the long-term trend. (For more information, please contact Dath.Mita@fas.usda.gov)

EU Corn: Estimated Yields in Southeast Europe Push Crop Higher.

(Sep 12, 2018)

European Union (EU) corn production for 2018/19 is estimated at 60.8 million metric tons (mmt), up 1.0 mmt (2 percent) from last month, down 1.5 mmt (2 percent) from last year, and 6 percent below the 5-year average. Area is estimated at 8.3 million hectares, down slightly from last month, down 1 percent from last year, and 9 percent below the 5-year average. Yield is estimated at 7.37 tons per hectare, up 2 percent from last month, down 1 percent from last year, and 4 percent above the 5-year average. (For more information, please contact Bryan.Purcell@fas.usda.gov.)

Turkey Corn: Record Yield Forecast Due to Excellent Growing Conditions.

(Sep 12, 2018)

USDA forecasts Turkey’s 2018/19 corn crop at 5.5 million metric tons (mmt), up 0.4 mmt from last month but down 0.5 mmt from last year. Harvested area forecast is unchanged from last month at 530,000 hectares, but down 12 percent from last year. (For more information, please contact William.Baker@fas.usda.gov)

Brazil Cotton: Forecast Production Up on Higher Yield.

(Sep 12, 2018)

USDA forecast Brazil 2018/9 cotton production at a record 10.0 million 480-lb bales, up 0.5 million bales (5 percent) from last month, and up 0.8 million bales (8 percent) from last year. Harvested area is forecast at 1.3 million hectares, unchanged from last month and up 11 percent from last year. Yield is forecast at 1,675 kilograms per hectare, up 5 percent from last month but down 2 percent from last year’s record. (For more information, please contact Maria.Anulacion@fas.usda.gov).

Tanzania Cotton: Production Nearly Doubles from Previous Year.

(Sep 12, 2018)

Tanzania cotton production for 2018/19 is estimated at 425,000 480-lb bales, up 25,000 bales (6 percent) from last month, and up 195,000 bales (85 percent) from last year. Harvested area is estimated at 500,000 hectares, unchanged from last month but up 150,000 hectares (43 percent) from last year. Yield is estimated at 185 kilograms per hectare, up 6 percent from last month and up 29 percent from last year. (For more information, please contact Curt.Reynolds@fas.usda.gov)

European Union Wheat: Drought Cuts Estimated Production by 7.5 Million Tons.

(Aug 10, 2018)

European Union wheat production for 2018/19 is estimated at 137.5 million metric tons (mmt), down 7.5 mmt or 5 percent from last month, down 14.2 mmt or 9 percent from last year, and down 9 percent from the 5-year average. Area is estimated at 25.6 million hectares (mha), nearly unchanged from last month, but down 0.7 mha from last year. Yield is estimated at 5.36 tons per hectare, down 5 percent from last month, down 7 percent from last year, and down 6 percent from the 5-year average. (For more information, please contact Bryan.Purcell@fas.usda.gov.)

Russia Wheat: Drought Recovery Causes Yield Rebound.

(Aug 10, 2018)

USDA estimates Russia’s 2018/19 wheat production at 68.0 million metric tons (mmt), up 1.0 mmt from last month but down 17.0 mmt from last year’s record crop. The estimate includes 48.5 mmt of winter wheat and 19.5 mmt of spring wheat, and excludes estimated output from Crimea. Harvested area is estimated at 25.5 million hectares (14.0 mha winter and 11.5 mha spring), unchanged from last month and down 1.8 mha from last year. Total wheat yield is estimated at 2.67 metric tons per hectare, up 1 percent from last month and down 14 percent from last year’s record. The month-to-month increase in yield is driven by the improvement in crop conditions as seen in the Normalized Difference Vegetation Index (NDVI), which highlights improved conditions in eastern growing regions (Siberia and Urals). Winter wheat harvest is underway and is ahead of last year’s pace at about 70 percent complete. Russia’s spring wheat harvest usually begins in late August and continues through October. (For more information, please contact Mark.Lindeman@fas.usda.gov.)

Kazakhstan Wheat: Favorable Conditions Boost the Production Forecast.

(Aug 10, 2018)

Kazakhstan wheat production for 2018/19 is estimated at 14.5 million metric tons (mmt), up 0.5 mmt from last month but down 0.3 mmt from last year. The month-to-month increase is based on continued favorable conditions for spring crops in most areas of north-central Kazakhstan, which is the main production zone for wheat. Yield is forecast at 1.26 metric tons per hectare, up 4 percent from last month, up 1 percent from last year, and 9 percent above the 5-year average. Spring wheat accounts for about 95 percent of the country’s wheat output, and 85 percent of the spring wheat is grown in three territories in north-central Kazakhstan: Akmola, Kostanai, and North Kazakhstan. The harvest of spring wheat will begin in September. (For more information, please contact Mark.Lindeman@fas.usda.gov.)

Iraq Rice: Euphrates River Low Flow Mandates Restricted Rice Planting.

(Aug 10, 2018)

Rough rice production for 2018/19 is forecast at 65,000 metric tons (mt), down 115,000 mt from last month, and down 250,000 mt from last year. Harvested area is forecast at 20,000 hectares (ha), down 35,000 ha from last month and down 65,000 ha from last year. Yield is forecast at 3.25 tons per hectare, down slightly from last month and down 12 percent from last year. (For more information, please contact William.Baker@fas.usda.gov)

EU Corn: Dryness in Northern Europe Cuts Production Despite Excellent Prospects in the Balkans.

(Aug 10, 2018)

European Union corn production for 2018/19 is forecast at 59.8 million metric tons (mmt), down 1.7 mmt or 3 percent from last month, down 2.5 mmt or 4 percent from last year, and down 8 percent from the 5-year average. Area is estimated at 8.3 million hectares (mha), down 0.1 mmt from last month and last year, but down 9 percent from the 5-year average. Yield is forecast at 7.22 tons per hectare, down 2 percent from last month, down 3 percent from last year, but up 1 percent from the 5-year average. Corn yields are slightly higher than average due to the increased importance of production in the Balkans. (For more information, please contact Bryan.Purcell@fas.usda.gov.)

Ukraine Corn: Record Yield Forecast.

(Aug 10, 2018)

USDA forecasts Ukraine corn production for 2018/19 at a record 31.0 million metric tons (mmt), up 1.0 mmt from last month, up 6.9 mmt from last year, and 0.1 mmt above the previous record crop which was harvested in 2013. Yield is forecast at 6.89 metric tons per hectare, 6 percent above last month, 27 percent above last year, and surpassing the 2016/17 record by 5 percent. The estimated harvest area was reduced slightly to 4.5 million hectares, based on final sown area data released by the State Statistical Service of Ukraine. This year’s crop has benefited from outstanding weather in central Ukraine, the main corn production region. Harvest will begin in September. (For more information, please contact Mark.Lindeman@fas.usda.gov.)

Zambia Corn: Drought Reduces Estimated Output by 34 Percent from Last Year.

(Aug 10, 2018)

Zambia’s 2018/19 corn production is estimated at 2.39 million metric tons (mmt), down 1.3 mmt or 34 percent from last year’s record crop, and down 20 percent from the 5-year average. Area is estimated at 1.39 million hectares (mha), down 3 percent from last year, but up 23 percent from the 5-year average. Yield is estimated at 1.72 metric tons per hectare (t/ha), down 32 percent from last year’s yield and down 36 percent from the 5-year average yield. Zambia corn is planted from mid-October through mid-December and harvested from late April through August. (For more information, contact Curt.Reynolds@fas.usda.gov.)

European Union Rapeseed: Estimated Production Down for Third Consecutive Month.

(Aug 10, 2018)

European Union (EU) rapeseed production for 2018/19 is estimated at 19.2 million metric tons (mmt), down 1.0 mmt or 5 percent from last month and down 13 percent from last year. Area is estimated at 6.8 million hectares (mha), up almost 0.1 mha from last month and similar to last year. Yield is estimated at 2.81 tons per hectare, down 6 percent from last month, down 13 percent from last year and down 15 percent from the 5-year average. (For more information, please contact Bryan.Purcell@fas.usda.gov.)

EU Sunseed: Production Forecast Up on Favorable Rainfall in the Balkans.

(Aug 10, 2018)

European Union (EU) sunseed production for 2018/19 is forecast at 9.7 million metric tons (mmt), up 0.6 mmt or 7 percent from last month and nearly unchanged from last year. Area is estimated at 4.3 million hectares (mha), up almost 0.1 mha from last month and similar to last year. Yield is estimated at 2.24 tons per hectare, up 5 percent from last month, similar to last year, and 9 percent above the 5-year average. (For more information, please contact Bryan.Purcell@fas.usda.gov.)

Turkey Sunseed: Exceptional Weather Conditions Boost Crop Forecast to Record Yield.

(Aug 10, 2018)

Turkey sunseed production for 2018/19 is forecast at 1.7 million metric tons (mmt), up 0.2 mmt from last month and up 0.2 mmt from last year’s crop. Harvested area is forecast at 725,000 hectares (ha), against 700,000 ha last year. The month-to-month production change is based on an increase in forecast sunseed yield because of abundant and timely precipitation complemented by moderate temperatures across the sunseed growing region. Total sunseed yield is forecast at a record 2.40 tons per hectare, up 10 percent from last month and up 8 percent from last year. Satellite data indicates above-average sunseed plant biomass as measured by vegetation indices, providing additional confirmation that the growing conditions have been very favorable. Sunseed harvest usually begins in late August and continues through October. Area, yield, and production estimates for Turkey sunseed are available on PSD Online. (For more information, please contact William.Baker@fas.usda.gov)

Uzbekistan Cotton: Hot, Dry Weather Reduces Forecast Cotton Yield.

(Aug 10, 2018)

Uzbekistan cotton production for 2018/19 is forecast at 3.30 million 480-lb bales, down 0.5 million bales from last month, and down 0.7 million bales from last year. Harvested area is forecast at 1.2 million hectares, unchanged from last month and down 4 percent from last year. Yield is forecast at 599 kilograms per hectare down 12 percent from last month and down 13 percent from last year, and down 11 percent from the 5-year average. Extremely hot and dry weather from mid-July until early August has been detrimental to the crop. Temperatures as high as 41 degrees Celsius occurred at peak flowering, breaking records across Uzbekistan and negatively impacting yield. (For more information, please contact William.Baker@fas.usda.gov)

European Union Wheat: Dryness in Northern Countries Cuts Estimated Production by 4.4.

(Jul 12, 2018)

European Union wheat production for 2018/19 is estimated at 145.0 million metric tons (mmt), down 4.4 mmt or 3 percent from last month, down 6.6 mmt from last year and down 4 percent from the 5-year average. Area is estimated down 0.2 million metric hectares (mha) from last month and 0.6 mha from last year. Yield is estimated at 5.65 tons per hectare, down 2 percent from last month, down 2 percent from last year and down 1 percent from the 5-year average. (For more information, please contact Bryan.Purcell@fas.usda.gov.)

Ukraine Wheat: Hot, Dry Weather in the Steppe Zone Reduces Estimated Yield.

(Jul 12, 2018)

Ukraine wheat production for 2018/19 is estimated by USDA at 25.5 million metric tons (mmt), down 1.0 mmt from last month and down 1.5 mmt from last year. The USDA production forecast includes estimated output from Crimea. Yield is estimated at 3.81 metric tons per hectare, down 4 percent from last month, down 6 percent from last year, and 2 percent below the 5-year average. The month-tomonth reduction is based on severe drought in the steppe zone (southern Ukraine), which accounts for about half of Ukraine’s wheat output. Harvested area is estimated at 6.7 million hectares, up slightly from last year. The wheat harvest began earlier than usual this year because of the hot and dry weather, which accelerated crop development. The Ministry of Agrarian Policy and Food reported harvest was complete on 34 percent of the planted area as of July 10 compared to about 12 percent by the same date last year. (For more information, please contact Mark.Lindeman@fas.usda.gov.)

Australia Wheat: Forecast Production Revised Down.

(Jul 12, 2018)

USDA forecasts Australia’s 2018/19 wheat crop at 22.0 million metric tons, down 2.0 million or 8 percent from last month, but up 0.7 million or 3 percent from last year. Harvested area is estimated at 12.0 million hectares, down 0.2 million or 2 percent from last month, and down 0.25 million or 2 percent from last year. Yield is forecast at 1.83 tons per hectare, up 5 percent from last year. (For more information, please contact James.Crutchfield@fas.usda.gov.)

Russia Wheat: Punishing Drought Reduces Estimated Yield Prospects for Winter Wheat.

(Jul 12, 2018)

Russia wheat production for 2018/19 is estimated at 67.0 million metric tons (mmt), down 1.5 mmt from last month and down 18.0 mmt from last year’s record crop. The estimate includes 48.5 mmt of winter wheat and 18.5 mmt of spring wheat, and excludes estimated output from Crimea. Harvested area is estimated at 25.5 million hectares (14.0 mha winter and 11.5 mha spring), against 27.3 mha last year. The month-to-month production change is based on a decrease in estimated winter wheat yield, which has been reduced for the second consecutive month because of persistent drought in the Southern, North Caucasus, and Volga Districts. Total wheat yield is estimated at 2.63 metric tons per hectare, down 4 percent from last month and down 15 percent from last year’s record. The harvest of winter wheat is underway in southern Russia and will conclude in the Volga District in mid-August. Meanwhile, in eastern production regions, spring wheat in the Siberian and Ural Districts has benefited from abundant rain, but the wet weather significantly delayed planting progress and reduced area planted. Russia’s spring wheat harvest usually begins in late August and continues through October. (For more information, please contact Mark.Lindeman@fas.usda.gov.)

Ukraine Sunseed: Severe Drought in the Main Production Zone.

(Jul 12, 2018)

USDA forecasts Ukraine 2018/19 sunseed production at 13.5 million metric tons (mmt), down 2.0 mmt from last month and down 0.2 mmt from last year. Harvested area is estimated at a record 6.5 million hectares (mha), up 0.1 mha from last year. Although recent weather has been favorable for corn and soybeans in central and western Ukraine, persistent dryness has prevailed in the southern and eastern regions, which is the major production zone for sunseed. As a result, the forecast yield for sunflowerseed is decreased to 2.08 metric tons per hectare, down 13 percent from last month and down 3 percent from last year. Harvest will begin in early September and continue through mid-November. All USDA production numbers for Ukraine include estimated output from Crimea. (For more information, please contact Mark.Lindeman@fas.usda.gov.)

Brazil Soybeans: Record Forecast Production Due to 7 percent Increase in Area.

(Jul 12, 2018)

Brazil’s soybean production for 2018/19 is forecast at a record 120.5 million metric tons (mmt), up 2.5 mmt or 2 percent from last month and up 1 percent from the previous year. Harvested area is forecast at a record 37.5 million hectares (mha), up 1.0 mha or 3 percent from last month and up 7 percent from last year. Soybean area is forecast to continue expanding as it has for the past 10 years, with 2018/19 forecast to have the highest annual increase in 5 years. It is anticipated that Brazilian producers will plant more soybeans to capitalize on the trade advantage over the United States in response to China’s imposition of retaliatory duties. Yield is forecast at 3.21 metric tons per hectare, near the 25-year trend but 6 percent below last year’s record. Last year’s crop benefited from favorable weather and improved technology that raised yields to record levels almost everywhere, except in the south. Planting begins in September in the primary growing areas of the Center-West and South regions and continues through December in the rest of the country. (For more information, please contact Maria.Anulacion@fas.usda.gov).

Canada Soybeans: Estimated 2018/19 Area Drops after Last Year’s Record.

(Jul 12, 2018)

USDA forecasts Canada soybean production for 2018/19 at 7.3 million metric tons, down 6 percent from last month and down 9 percent from last year. Yield is forecast at 2.86 metric tons per hectare, essentially unchanged from last month and up about 4 percent from last year. Harvested area is estimated at 2.55 million hectares, down 7 percent from last month and down 12 percent from last year. (For more information, please contact Katie.McGaughey@fas.usda.gov.)

European Union Rapeseed: Estimated Production Down for Second Straight Month.

(Jul 12, 2018)

European Union rapeseed production for 2018/19 is estimated at 20.2 million metric tons (mmt), down 1.6 mmt or 7 percent from last month and down 9 percent from last year. Estimated area is down slightly at 6.8 million hectares, similar to both last year and the 5-year average. Yield is estimated at 2.99 tons per hectare, down 7 percent from last month, down 8 percent from last year and down 10 percent from the 5-year average. (For more information, please contact Bryan.Purcell@fas.usda.gov.)

Russia Sunseed: Drought Reduces Yield Prospects but Area Still Stands at a Record Lev.

(Jul 12, 2018)

USDA forecasts Russia sunseed production for 2018/19 at 10.5 million metric tons (mmt), down 1.0 mmt from last month but up 0.1 mmt from last year. Severe drought in southern Russia and the Volga Valley reduced the yield prospects for several of Russia’s major crops, including sunflowers. The forecast yield for sunseed has been reduced from last month’s record 1.53 tons per hectare (t/ha) to a slightlybelow- average 1.40 t/ha. The estimated harvested area is unchanged at a record 7.5 million hectares. Sunflower area in Russia has expanded by 30 percent over the last ten years. Most of the increase has occurred in the Volga District, where planted area has doubled; the district now accounts for 45 percent of the country’s total sunflower area. (For more information, please contact Mark.Lindeman@fas.usda.gov.)

Brazil Cotton: Forecast Production Up on Higher Area.

(Jul 12, 2018)

Cotton production for 2018/19 is forecast at a record 9.50 million 480-lb bales, up 0.5 million bales or 6 percent from last month, and up 0.3 million bales or 3 percent from last year. Harvested area is forecast at 1.3 million hectares, up 7 percent from last month and up 9 percent from last year. Yield is estimated at 1,591 kilograms per hectare (kg/ha), down 1 percent from last month and down 5 percent from last year’s record. (For more information, please contact Maria.Anulacion@fas.usda.gov).

Brazil Corn: Estimated Output for 2017/18 Further Reduced.

(Jul 12, 2018)

Corn production for 2017/18 is estimated at 83.5 million metric tons (mmt), down 1.5 mmt from last month, and down 15.0 mmt from last year. Harvested area is estimated at 16.8 million hectares (mha), down slightly from last month and down 5 percent from last year. Yield is estimated at 4.97 metric tons per hectare, down 1 percent from last month and down 11 percent from last year due to adverse weather in southern second-crop corn production areas. In Paraná (18 percent of Brazil’s second-crop corn production) and Mato Grosso do Sul (14 percent), prolonged periods of dryness during critical reproductive stages severely reduced yields. Subsequent rains brought some relief but were too late to reverse damage to much of the drought-affected crop. In Mato Grosso (42 percent) and Goiás (12 percent), the crop benefited from more favorable weather, although yields remain below last year’s records. About 10 percent of the corn crop had been harvested by early July. Harvest of the majority of second-crop corn will continue through September. (For more information, contact Maria.Anulacion@fas.usda.gov).

Russia Corn: Drought in Southern Russia Drives 20-Percent Drop in Forecast Production.

(Jul 12, 2018)

USDA forecasts Russia corn production for 2018/19 at 12.0 million metric tons (mmt), down 3.0 mmt from last month and down 1.2 mmt from last year. The month-to-month drop is based on a 9-percent decrease in the estimated harvested area to 2.45 million hectares, and a 12-percent decrease in the forecast yield to 4.90 tons per hectare. Corn in the Southern District and the North Caucasus District, which together account for about 60 percent of the country’s corn output, encountered severe heat as the crop was advancing through the reproductive stage, when corn is especially vulnerable to damage from high temperatures. Moreover, vegetative vigor has suffered due to persistent dryness, as denoted by MODIS NDVI (Normalized Difference Vegetation Index) from early July. Weather has been more favorable in the Central District, Russia’s other major corn producing region. Harvest will begin in the south in September and advance northward through the end of November. (For more information, please contact Mark.Lindeman@fas.usda.gov.)

Russia Wheat: Wet Weather Hampers Spring Wheat Sowing.

(Jun 12, 2018)

USDA forecasts 2018/19 Russia wheat production at 68.5 million metric tons (mmt), down 3.5 mmt from last month and down 16.5 mmt from last year’s record crop. USDA crop production estimates for Russia exclude estimated output from Crimea. The forecast yield of 2.74 tons per hectare is second only to last year’s record. In Russia, winter wheat accounts for about 70 percent of total wheat production and spring wheat accounts for about 30 percent. The estimated harvested area has been decreased from 26.0 to 25.0 million hectares (mha) based on reports from the Ministry of Agriculture indicating significant sowing delays in the Siberian District of Russia, which is the country’s largest producer of spring wheat. Planting is typically complete, or nearly complete, by the second week of June. This year, however, the Siberian sowing campaign was only about 76 percent complete as of June 6, and final area is unlikely to reach the Ministry forecast of 5.9 mha. If subsequent planting in the Siberian District follows the course of the 2013 sowing campaign, which was also marked by early delays followed by rapid early- June planting, wheat area could reach roughly 4.7 mha. (For more information, please contact Mark.Lindeman@fas.usda.gov.)

Germany Wheat: Dryness Lowers Wheat Production.

(Jun 12, 2018)

USDA forecasts 2018/19 wheat production in Germany at 23.7 million metric tons (mmt), down 0.8 million or 3 percent from last month and last year, but down 8 percent from the 5-year average. Area is unchanged from last month at 3.1 million hectares (mha), 4 percent below last year and last month. Yield is estimated at 7.72 metric tons per hectare (mt/ha), down 3 percent from last month, down 1 percent from last year, and down 4 percent from the 5-year average. (For more information, please contact Bryan.Purcell@fas.usda.gov.)

India: Wheat Production Boosted by Record Yields.

(Jun 12, 2018)

USDA estimates 2018/19 wheat production at 97.0 million metric tons, up 2 percent from last month but down 2 percent from last year. Harvested area is estimated at 30.0 million hectares, unchanged from last month and down 3 percent from last year because of less than ideal planting conditions in unirrigated wheat area. Farmers delayed planting and switched to less water intense crops such as chickpeas and other pulses in Madhya Pradesh and Rajasthan because of the dry and warm conditions during the planting in November. The major wheat areas of Uttar Pradesh and Madhya Pradesh planted 2 percent and 16 percent less wheat than last year. Year-toyear harvested area was unchanged in Punjab. However, record yields in irrigated wheat areas compensated for lower yields and the lower area. Yield is estimated at 3.23 tons per hectare, up 1 percent from the 2017/18 record. (For more information, please contact Arnella.Trent@fas.usda.gov).

Mexico Wheat: Lowest Production Estimate in 14 years.

(Jun 12, 2018)

USDA estimates Mexico wheat production for 2018/19 at 2.8 million metric tons, down 14 percent from last month and down 20 percent from last year. Harvested area is estimated at 535,000 hectares down 14 percent from last month and down 20 percent from last year. Most recent official data reports year-to-year declines in planted area for the major states of Sonora and Baja California of 23 percent and 37 percent, respectively. Yield is estimated at 5.23 metric tons per hectare unchanged from last month and nearly unchanged from last year. (For additional information, please contact Justin.Jenkins@fas.usda.gov)

Brazil Soybeans: 2017/18 Record Yield boosts Production.

(Jun 12, 2018)

USDA estimates 2017/18 Brazil soybean production at 119.0 million metric tons (mmt), up 2.0 mmt or 2 percent from last month and up 4 percent from the previous year. Harvested area is estimated at a record 35.1 million hectares, unchanged from last month but up 4 percent from the previous year. Yield is estimated at a record 3.39 metric tons per hectare, up 2 percent from last month and up slightly from the previous year. Favorable weather and improved technology helped raise yields to record levels almost everywhere, except in the south, which experienced less favorable weather. Harvest is finished in major central and southern soybean producing regions and is almost complete in the north and northeastern regions. (For more information, please contact Maria.Anulacion@fas.usda.gov).

Germany Rapeseed: Dryness at Flowering Lowers Yield.

(Jun 12, 2018)

USDA forecasts 2018/19 rapeseed production in Germany at 4.3 million metric tons (mmt), down 0.5 mmt or 11 percent from last month but nearly unchanged from last year and 18 percent below the 5-year average. Area is estimated at 1.3 million hectares (mha), unchanged from last month but down 0.1 mha from last year and 6 percent below the 5-year average. Yield is estimated at 3.32 metric tons per hectare (mt/ha), down 11 percent from last month, 4 percent from last year, and 13 percent from the 5-year average. (For more information, please contact Bryan.Purcell@fas.usda.gov.)

Argentina Soybeans: Late Rains Further Reduce Yield Prospects for 2017/18.

(Jun 12, 2018)

Argentina soybean production for 2017/18 is estimated at 37 million metric tons, 5 percent below last month and 36 percent below last year. Area is estimated at 16.8 million hectares, down 1 percent from last month and down 8 percent from 2016/17. Yield is estimated at 2.20 tons per hectare, down 4 percent from last month and down 30 percent from last year. (For information, please contact Denise.McWilliams@fas.usda.gov.)

China Rice: Production Estimate Decreased 2% from Last Month.

(Jun 12, 2018)

USDA forecasts China’s 2018/19 rice production at 142.2 million metric tons (milled basis), down approximately 2 percent from last month, 3 percent from last year, and 2 percent from the 5-year average. Area is estimated at 29.5 million hectares, down roughly 2 percent from last month and down 2 percent from last year. Yield is forecast at 6.89 metric tons per hectare, up slightly from last month, but down less than 1 percent from last year. (For more information, please contact Dath.Mita@fas.usda.gov)

Russia Corn: Area Drops for the First Time Since 2009.

(Jun 12, 2018)

USDA forecasts Russia corn production for 2018/19 at 15.0 million metric tons (mmt), down 4.0 mmt from last month, but up 1.8 mmt from last year and only 0.3 mmt below the record harvest of 2016. The month-to-month decrease is based on a 0.7-million-hectare reduction in the estimated area, to 2.7 million hectares. Despite the attractiveness of corn prices compared to other crops, data from the Ministry of Agriculture indicate that total planted area in Russia dropped by 7 percent from last year, including a 21-percent drop in the Central District, one of the country’s top two corn producing districts. This marks the first year-to-year decrease in Russia corn area since 2009. Yield is forecast at 5.56 tons per hectare, up 13 percent from last year and slightly surpassing the 2016 record. (For more information, please contact Mark.Lindeman@fas.usda.gov.)

Brazil Corn: 2017/18 Lower Area and Yield for Drought-Affected Second Crop.

(Jun 12, 2018)

USDA forecasts 2017/18 Brazil corn production at 85.0 million metric tons (mmt), down 2 mmt or 2 percent from last month, and down 13.5 mmt or 14 percent from last year. Harvested area is forecast at 16.9 million hectares (mha), down 0.2 mha or 1 percent from last month and down 4 percent from last year. Compared to the previous year, area planted to second-crop corn is down 5 percent in the principal production regions of the Center-West and South according to Brazil’s Ministry of Supply (CONAB). Yield is estimated at 5.03 metric tons per hectare, down 1 percent from last month and down 10 percent from last year due to adverse weather in southern secondcrop corn production areas. (For more information, please contact Maria.Anulacion@fas.usda.gov).

China Cotton: Production Estimate Decreased 2% from Last Month.

(Jun 12, 2018)

USDA forecasts China’s 2018/19 cotton production at 26.5 million 480-pound bales (5.77 million metric tons), down 2 percent from last month, 4 percent from last year, and 2 percent from the 5-year average. Area is estimated at 3.35 million hectares, unchanged from last month but down 1 percent from last year. Yield is estimated at 1,722 kilograms per hectare (kg/ha) down 2 percent from month and down 2 percent from last year’s record of 1,761 kg/ha, but up 8 percent from the 5-year average of 1,602 kg/ha. The projected yield is at the long-term trend due to the continued increasing share of cotton being planted in Xinjiang province where yield has nearly doubled compared to elsewhere in the country. (For more information, please contact Dath.Mita@fas.usda.gov).

Cote d’Ivoire Cotton: 2017/18 Output Above Average.

(Jun 12, 2018)

Cote d’Ivoire’s cotton production for 2017/18 is estimated at 785,000 480-pound bales, up 26 percent from the 2016/17 marketing year and up 8 percent from the 5-year average. Harvested area is estimated at 0.37 million hectares, up 21,000 hectares or 6 percent from the previous year. Yield is estimated at 467 kilograms per hectare (kg/ha), up 11 percent from the 5-year average yield of 421 kg/ha. Seasonal rainfall for 2017/18 crop was favorable throughout the season, with an estimated two-thirds of the crop considered first-quality. Good quality cotton was harvested this year due to favorable weather and increased investment during the past several years. The cotton sector is experiencing a revival from renewed interest and investment, after experiencing nearly a decade of neglect due to the political crisis caused by a civil war that started in late 2002. (For more information, please contact Curt.Reynolds@fas.usda.gov.)

China Cotton: 2018/19 Production Projected to Decrease Slightly from Last Year.

(May 10, 2018)

China’s 2018/19 cotton production is forecast by USDA at 27.0 million 480-pound bales (5.88 million metric tons), down 2 percent from last year, but same as the 5-year average. Area is estimated at 3.35 million hectares, down 2 percent from last year. Yield is forecast at 1,755 kilograms per hectare (kg/ha) down slightly from last year’s record of 1,761 kg/ha but up 10 percent from the 5-year average of 1,602 kg/ha. The projected yield is above the long-term trend due to an increasing share of cotton being planted in Xinjiang province where yield is nearly double compared to elsewhere in the country. (For more information, please contact Dath.Mita@fas.usda.gov).

India Cotton: 2018/19 Production Forecast Unchanged Despite a Decrease in Area.

(May 10, 2018)

USDA forecasts India cotton production for 2018/19 at 28.5 million 480-pound bales (6.21 million metric tons), unchanged from last year. Harvested area is forecast at 11.8 million hectares, down 4 percent from last year. Farmers are less optimistic after a 2017/18 pink bollworm infestation that negatively impacted cotton in central and southern India. Farmers are expected to switch from cotton to soybeans and rice. Yield is estimated at 526 kilograms per hectare, up 4 percent from last year. Meteorologists are forecasting a normal monsoon season for 2018/19. (For more information, please contact Arnella.Trent@fas.usda.gov).

Russia Wheat: 2018/19 Forecast Yield Would Be the Second Highest on Record.

(May 10, 2018)

Russia wheat production for 2018/19 is forecast at 72.0 million metric tons (mmt), against last year’s record 85.0 mmt crop. Despite the 15-percent drop, production is forecast to be the third highest in the country’s history, and the forecast yield of 2.77 tons per hectare would be second only to last year’s record. USDA cropproduction estimates for Russia exclude estimated output from Crimea. Harvested area is forecast to decrease from 27.3 million hectares (mha) to 26.0 mha. Winter wheat is grown in European Russia (including the Southern, Central, Volga, and North Caucasus Districts) and typically accounts for about half of total wheat area and about 70 percent of production. Spring wheat is grown mainly in the Volga, Ural, and Siberian Districts. Total wheat yield in Russia has been climbing since the 1990’s for a variety of reasons, including an overall improvement in the level of agricultural technology and a rise in the share of winter wheat area compared to lower-yielding spring wheat. Over the past twenty years, the share of winter wheat has increased from about half of Russia’s total wheat area to nearly 75 percent. The yield of winter wheat is over double the yield of spring wheat. (For more information, please contact Mark.Lindeman@fas.usda.gov.)

Ukraine Wheat: Warm April Weather Accelerates 2018/19 Crop Development.

(May 10, 2018)

Ukraine wheat production for 2018/19 is estimated by USDA at 26.5 million metric tons (mmt), down 0.5 mmt from last year and 0.8 mmt below the record harvest of 2015/16. The USDA production forecast includes estimated output from Crimea. Yield is estimated at 3.96 metric tons per hectare, down 2 percent from last year and 5 percent below the 2016/17 record. Harvested area is estimated at 6.7 million hectares, up slightly from last year. (For more information, please contact Mark.Lindeman@fas.usda.gov.)

Northwest Africa Wheat: Abundant Rains Produce Record 2018/19 Production.

(May 10, 2018)

Wheat production for 2018/19 for northwest Africa (Morocco, Algeria and Tunisia) is estimated at a record 12.5 million metric tons (mmt). The estimated production is up 17 percent from last year and 30 percent above the 5-year average. Harvested area is estimated at 5.3 million hectares (mha), down 4 percent from last year and down 2 percent from the 5-year average. Yield is estimated at 2.37 metric tons per hectare, up 22 percent from last year and up 33 percent above the 5-year average. (For more information, please contact Bryan.Purcell@fas.usda.gov).

Australia Barley Production: 2018/19 Area Up; Wheat Flat.

(May 10, 2018)

USDA estimates Australia’s 2018/19 wheat crop at 24.0 million metric tons, up 2.5 million or 12 percent from last year. Harvested area is estimated at 12.2 million hectares, down less than 1 percent from last year. Yield is estimated at 1.97 tons per hectare, up 12 percent from last year. (For more information, please contact James.Crutchfield@fas.usda.gov.)

Mexico Barley: 2017/18 Highest Production in the Past 5 Years.

(May 10, 2018)

USDA estimates Mexico barley production for 2017/18 at 1.00 million metric tons (mmt), up 37 percent from last month, up 3 percent from last year, and up 29 percent from the 5-year average. The highest production on record was achieved in 2003 at 1.08 mmt. Harvested area is estimated at 357,000 hectares, up 19 percent from last month, and up 8 percent from last year. Yield is estimated at 2.81 tons per hectare, up 15 percent from last month, but down 5 percent from last year. (For additional information, please contact Justin.Jenkins@fas.usda.gov.)

China Corn: 2018/19 Production Forecast to Increase from Last Year.

(May 10, 2018)

USDA forecasts China’s 2018/19 corn production at 225.0 million metric tons (mmt), up 9.1 mmt or 4 percent from last year and up 3 percent from the 5-year average. Yield is forecast at a record 6.16 metric tons per hectare, up 1 percent from last year. Area is forecast at 36.5 million hectares (mha), up approximately 1.1 mha or 3 percent from last year. The 2018 area is expected to rebound from the two previous seasons. In 2016 and 2017 corn area was significantly below the long-term trend due to changes in agricultural policy and lower market prices. (For more information, please contact Dath.Mita@fas.usda.gov).

Brazil Corn: 2017/18 Production Down 5 Percent Due to Drought.

(May 10, 2018)

Brazil corn production for 2017/18 is estimated at 87.0 million metric tons (mmt), down 5 mmt or 5 percent from last month, and down 11.5 mmt or 12 percent from last year. Harvested area is estimated at 17.1 million hectares, unchanged from last month but down 3 percent from last year. Yield is estimated at 5.09 metric tons per hectare, down 5 percent from last month and down 9 percent from last year due to drought in southern second-crop corn production areas. First-crop corn has been harvested. Second-crop corn planting was delayed in some areas where the soybean crop was harvested late. Timely planting is critical because earlier planted second-crop corn has more time to benefit from seasonal rains during the reproductive stages. (For more information, please contact Maria Anulacion@fas.usda.gov).

Brazil Soybeans: 2018/19 Production Forecast to Match Last Year’s Record.

(May 10, 2018)

Soybean production for 2018/19 is forecast at 117.0 million metric tons (mmt), equal to last year’s record. Harvested area is forecast at a record 36.5 million hectares (mha), up 1.4 mha or 4 percent from last year. Yield is forecast at 3.21 metric tons per hectare, down 4 percent from last year’s second highest yield on record, but above the 5- year average. Soybean area has been increasing as agricultural land developed for crop production has expanded in Brazil, and also because of the continued reduction in first-crop corn, a less lucrative alternative which is planted at the same time as soybeans. For 2018/19, growth in soybean area is expected to be further driven by higher soybean prices and stronger internal demand. Planting of the 2018/19 crop begins in October. (For more information, please contact Maria Anulacion@fas.usda.gov).

Canada Rapeseed: 2018/19 Estimated Area Second Highest on Record.

(May 10, 2018)

USDA forecasts 2018/19 Canada rapeseed production at 21.1 million metric tons, down 2 percent from last year’s record. Yield is forecast to follow the 10-year trend at 2.32 metric tons per hectare. Statistics Canada released the 2018 planting intentions, indicating a lower area than last year’s record for rapeseed. The April report of planting intentions has been lower than final planted area for the last six years. USDA estimates 2018/19 harvested area at 9.1 million hectares, down 2 percent from last year’s record. (For more information, please contact Katie.McGaughey@fas.usda.gov.)

EU Rapeseed: 2018/19 Yield Above Last Year.

(May 10, 2018)

Rapeseed production in the European Union (EU) is forecast at 22.4 million metric tons (mmt), up 0.2 mmt or 1 percent from last year and up 1 percent from the 5-year average. Harvested area is estimated at 6.8 million hectares, nearly unchanged from last year, but up 2 percent from the 5- year average. Yield is forecast at 3.29 metric tons per hectare, up 2 percent from last year but down slightly from the 5-year average. (For more information, please contact Bryan.Purcell@fas.usda.gov).