BUENOS AIRES, ARGENTINA — Wheat yields are being cut in half in areas of Argentina that have been devastated by drought, the Buenos Aires Grain Exchange said its weekly crop report on Sept. 17.

The report noted that a number of wheat fields in northern Argentina would not be harvested due to an extreme lack of moisture.

The Exchange estimated that about 12% of the 6.5 million hectares planted in Argentina this year are in the northern part of the country, where the drought is most severe.

In the 2019-20 season, Argentina’s farmers planted 6.6 million hectares of wheat and harvested 18.8 million tonnes, according to the Exchange.

Argentina is a major supplier of wheat to Brazil and other South American countries.