Corn exports increased by almost 40% during the first half of 2017-18, following the previous year’s bumper crop, the USDA said. Exports to Spain, Portugal, Italy and Greece almost tripled during the first six months.
Barley exports rose by 47% during the first nine months of 2017-18 compared with the previous year. The biggest E.U. buyer was Spain, which imported four times its usual amount, the USDA said.
In the same report, the USDA said grain production in Romania in 2018-19 is forecast to decline by 8%, while grain exports are expected to fall by 11%.
Total corn output for 2018-19 is forecast to decline 10% to 10.7 million tonnes. Wheat output is expected to drop by 6% from the previous year.