EU Grain Production In 2011

16/12/10 -- French analysts Strategie Grains have issued their first stab at forecasting EU-27 grain production for 2011/12. They peg the wheat crop at 144.8 MMT, which would be an increase of around 8 MMT, or 6% on this season's crop.

They're probably in the ballpark at that. German output is seen climbing by around 2 MMT as yields return to normal, with the French also seeing production increase by a similar amount and UK output up by around 1 MMT on increased plantings.

EU-27 barley production is forecast at 55.5 MMT, from 52.8 MMT this year, whilst corn output is seen at 58 MMT, from 54.7 MMT in 2010/11.