Serbia is expected to harvest 21.8 percent more wheat this summer than last year, according to a Statistics Office preliminary report.
The total wheat output is seen at 2.3 million tons, or 18.5 percent more than the 10-year average, the Belgrade-based office said on its website today, citing the state of the crop through May 25.
The greater output, which compares with 1.91 million tons in 2012, will reflect “expanded planted area and higher yields,” the office said.
Serbian farmers planted 557,396 hectares (1.42 million acres) to wheat, compared with 480,539 hectares in the previous season. Yields are expected to rise to 4,177 kilograms per hectare, from 3,977 kilograms per hectare last year.
The statistics office also said the area sown to corn fell 7.3 percent to 1.19 million hectares, while sugar beet plantings dropped 4 percent to 62,377 hectares and the area sown to soybeans fell 1.6 percent to 160,865 hectares. Sunflower plantings increased 11.8 percent to 186,556 hectares.
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