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Argentine Wheat Production for MY 2013/14 Lowered

09 August 2013
USDA Foreign Agricultural Service

ARGENTINA - Post projects Argentine wheat production for marketing year (MY) 2013/14 at 12.0 million metric tons (MMT), 1 million tons lower than USDA official estimate.

A large area in the northern part of the country was not seeded due to a two-year-long drought. Potential exports are adjusted downward to 5.7 MMT, 1 million tons lower than USDA’s projection.

Wheat production and exports for MY2012/13 are also reduced. Barley area, production, and exports for MY2013/14 are marginally higher than USDA.

Farmers continue to see barley as the best alternative to wheat, which continues to be affected by government policy.

Post’s corn production for MY2013/14 is projected at 26 MMT. Exports are reduced by 1 million tons.

The Argentine Ministry of Agriculture recently released its July report indicating that it has implemented a new methodology and found a significantly larger number of hectares of corn and thus a bigger production.

The private sector is skeptical about these new numbers. Estimating corn production is complicated and closely following exports in the next few months will validate this additional output.

Post's projection for sorghum production for MY 2013/14 is 400,000 tons lower than USDA's official number.

Post projects rice area, production and exports lower than USDA’s official numbers in crops MY2013/14 and MY2012/13.

Further Reading

You can view the USDA GAIN: Argentina Grain and Feed Update July 2013 by clicking here.

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