Spanish Soft Wheat Crop Up 42 Percent

Unusually plentiful winter and spring rains will see the 2010 Spanish soft wheat crop leap 42% from last year to 4.8 MMT, according to the Ag Ministry there. Barley output is also seen sharply higher at 5.6 MMT, an increase of more than 18% on 2009.

With the harvest now over, total winter cereal production is seen 17% higher at 15.5 MMT, with significant increases also coming from oat and rye production. Durum wheat output, the only grain of which Spain has a surplus, is down sharply on much reduced plantings following a large carryover from 2009.