Romania. Strong demand from non-EU countries prevents corn acreage from falling


During the last several seasons, the EU countries tend to decrease corn planted area due to successive summer droughts, relying more and more on corn imports from extra EU countries. Romania has the largest corn acreage in the EU, and it remains quite stable in this country (2500-2600 Th ha), despite the growing interest in oilseeds and protein crops.

This tendency is preconditioned by the fact that Romania is the top exporter of corn to extra EU destinations among the other EU corn producers. Moreover, the country heavily relies on corn as a key feeding ingredient for the domestic livestock sector.

Due to lower average yield compared to top corn producer of the EU (France), Romania still takes the second place among corn producers in the EU. Despite higher production in France this season, Romania managed to increase its share in total EU corn production to 18% (16% in 2016). The sufficient amount of rains in spring and summer, as well as use of certified seeds allowed to increase average yield.

Though, still lower than the record crop in 2014, Romanian corn production will stay at the relatively high level in 2017, UkrAgroConsult analysts expect.

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