KIEV, UKRAINE — Ukraine grain exports in marketing year 2020-21 are down 25% compared to the same time a year ago, according to an Aug. 5 report from Reuters.

The deficit mainly is due to a significant decrease in corn exports. Through the first five weeks of the current marketing year, Ukraine has shipped 490,000 tonnes of corn compared to 1.5 million tonnes at the same date last year, according to data from Ukraine’s economy ministry.

Ukraine also has exported 1.46 million tonnes of wheat and 1 million tonnes of barley as of Aug. 5.

The country harvested 75.1 million tonnes of grain in 2019-20, but this year’s output is expected to be lower due to dry weather conditions.

The country is the world’s fourth-largest wheat exporter with 56.5 million tonnes of grain sold in the 2019-20 season. The government has not given a grain export forecast for 2020-21, Reuters said.