Romanian barley S&D balance, 2017/18 season

24.05.2017

According to UkrAgroConsult, in the 2017/18 season, Romanian barley crop is expected to decrease by 13% to 1670 KMT compared to record volume, obtained in 2016/17 – 1920 KMT. During the autumn sowing campaign in 2016 farmers did not manage to sow barley in the optimal terms due to the soil drought and early snow falls. Moreover, many farmers preferred to expand area in favor of more profitable rapeseed. Thus, barley planted area declined on average 9% to 462 Th ha y/y.

Current winter barley conditions are estimated mainly as good, and soil moisture is at satisfactory level at 80% of the producing area. Though, harsh winter conditions and autumn soil drought affected average yield, which is expected to decrease. Still it will be higher than 5-year average – 3.2 MT/ha.

In 2017/18 MY, Romanian barley exports are projected to increase due to higher demand from key barley importers – Saudi Arabia, Jordan and Libya.

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