USDA published its forecasts for 2020/21 season 13 May, 2020 at 15:05

In May, the USDA traditionally published its first estimates for this year’s crop.

Wheat

The wheat production forecast for Ukraine is at 28 MMT. The decrease from the previous season is caused by an acreage reduction. An opposite situation is observed in Russia, where an expansion of plantings made the USDA raise its estimate for the country’s wheat production to 77 MMT. The crop in Kazakhstan is also projected to increase, to 13.5 MMT.

Corn

The corn production forecast for Ukraine is optimistically estimated at 39 MMT (up almost 3 MMT from MY 2019/20). At the same time, exports exceed last year’s estimate by just 1 MMT. Slight production growth is envisaged in both Russia and Kazakhstan.

Barley

Russia reduced its barley acreage in the 2020/21 season, and the production estimate was consequently cut by almost 2.5 MMT vs MY 2019/20. Barley production in Ukraine and Kazakhstan is predicted to increase.

 

USDA: Estimates for Black Sea grain production and exports in 2019/20 and 2020/21 seasons, MMT (May)