RIGA, LATVIA — Latvia’s total grain production in the 2021-22 marketing year is expected to drop 7.4% with lower-than-expected yields following high production in 2020-21, according to a report from the Foreign Agricultural Service of the US Department of Agriculture.

Total production of wheat, rye, mixed grains, triticale, barley, corn, and oat is estimated at 3.2 million tonnes, down from 3.5 million tonnes.

The area planted for grains is similar to last season with the exception of wheat and oats. Wheat is increased as farmers anticipate another year of high prices and export opportunities, the USDA said.
Wheat production is estimated at 2.5 million tonnes, down from 2.66 million tonnes last year.

Latvia is a net exporter of soft wheat. In 2021-22, it is expected to export slightly less due to more limited grain availability, the USDA said.

“In 2020-21, high global prices will motivate Latvian exporters, particularly for non-EU markets,” the USDA said.

During the first seven months of the marketing year, Latvia exported nearly 2.3 million tonnes of wheat, a 19% increase over the same time period a year earlier.