EU 2009/10 Wheat Crop Prospects

Strategie Grains have cut their 2009/10 EU-27 wheat output estimate slightly to 132.2mmt, down 5.6% on last season's 140.1mmt, saying that the cold snap in January may have caused some crop losses.

Yields are predicted at 5.8mt/ha, down 4% on last season's 6.1mt/ha.

EU-27 barley output is seen 3% lower at 63.5mmt and corn production 7% down at 57.8mmt.

The French Farm Ministry has indicated 2009/10 soft wheat acreage of 4.96 million hectares. That is down from their December estimate of 5.03 million, and represents a 2.1% decline from last year.