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Poland’s Grain Production May Drop After Rain, USDA FAS Says

June 21, 2013

Poland’s grain production may be 3.6 percent smaller than the previous season after excess rain reduced corn yields, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Foreign Agricultural Service said.

Total grain production in Poland may be 27.38 million metric tons in the 2013-14 season, down from 28.41 million tons a year earlier, the FAS said in a report posted online yesterday. The corn harvest may plunge 19 percent to 3.25 million tons, while wheat output at 9.2 million tons will be 6.9 percent larger than a year earlier, according to the report.

Excess rain and flooding in the first half of June damaged crops in some areas, and plants are at increasing risk of disease, the FAS said. Barley production may be 3.27 million tons, 22 percent less than a year earlier.

“Farmers report an inability to enter wet fields to apply plant protection measures to ward off molds, a threat specific to corn plantings,” the FAS said. “The coming weeks will be decisive for this year’s spring crops.”

Poland is the European Union’s third-biggest producer of grains including wheat, corn and barley, according to the International Grains Council. France and Germany are the region’s top two producers respectively.

To contact the reporter on this story: Whitney McFerron in London at wmcferron1@bloomberg.net

To contact the editor responsible for this story: John Deane at jdeane3@bloomberg.net


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