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Italy’s Soft-Wheat Crop May Rise 18% on Sowing, Ismea Forecasts

May 22, 2012

Italy’s soft-wheat harvest may rise 18 percent this year on a “slight” increase in yields and a 17 percent expansion in the planted area, researcher Istituto di Servizi per il Mercato Agricolo e Alimentare said.

Output of durum wheat, the hard variety of the grain used to make pasta, may climb 9 percent as planting increases 14 percent, the Rome-based group wrote in an online report dated May 18. That will more than make up for a 4 percent yield drop stemming from drought in the southern region of Apulia, the report showed.

Corn production is expected to be little changed, while the Italian barley harvest may rise 9.5 percent as the growing area expands by a similar magnitude, Ismea wrote.

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