Ukraine wheat production forecast to fall

by Arvin Donley
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KIEV, UKRAINE — Ukraine’s wheat production in 2018 is forecast to fall to a four-year low, according to a Jan. 11 report from UkrAgroConsult.

Wheat output was forecast at 25.1 million tonnes, a decrease of 1 million tonnes from 2017.

UkrAgroConsult said the forecast came despite winter wheat sowing having increased by 105,000 hectares to 6.27 million hectares.

The group’s forecast included a wheat yield estimate of 4.11 tonnes per hectare, slightly lower than the 4.21-tonnes-per- hectare yield achieved in 2017.

It also forecast a small drop in Ukraine corn output in 2018, down 200,000 tonnes to 25 million tonnes, reflecting a small drop in planted area.

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