BRUSSELS, BELGIUM — COCERAL is predicting a total grain crop in the European Union and United Kingdom (EU-27+UK) at 305.6 million tonnes in its second forecast for the 2022 crop, up from the 304.5 million tonnes forecast in December but down from the 307.3 million tonnes harvested in 2021.

Wheat production, excluding durum, is expected at 141.3 million tonnes, up from the 139.8 million tonnes in the previous forecast but down from last year’s 143.2 million tonnes. Barley production is forecast almost unchanged at 59.2 million tonnes, down slightly from 59.4 million tonnes in 2021. 

The corn crop is now seen at 67.3 million tonnes, compared to COCERAL’s previous forecast of 66.4 million tonnes and a tick higher than 2021’s 67.2 million tonnes. A much higher crop in Hungary, but slightly lower crops in Poland, Germany, France, and Romania are expected.

The rapeseed crop is forecast at 19.3 million tonnes compared to 20 million tonnes expected in December and up from 18.5 million tonnes harvested last year.

COCERAL is the European association of trade in cereals, oilseeds, rice, pulses, olive oil, oils and fats, animal feed and agrosupply. It represents the interest of the European collectors, traders, importers, exporters and port silo storekeepers in those market segments.