Interesting Factlet D'Jour

31/08/11 -- Barley's spectacular fall from grace in the past couple of years means that just about every major producing nation has seen double digit percentage falls in output this year when compared to 2009/10.

Using the USDA's latest figures here's how production this year compares with that of two seasons ago:

In the US -26%, Russia -13%, the EU-27 -17% (incl France -35%, Germany -28% and the UK -25%), Ukraine -28% & Canada -14%. Production in Turkey has remained flat. Only Australia and Argentina have seen growth (+14% and +121%), with the latter coming from a very low reference point of just 1.4 MMT.