By FWi staff
WORLD production of coarse grains has been predicted down by 1 million at 887 million tonnes – 10 million tonnes lower than in 1997.
This decline is a result of revisions for maize output, noted the International Grains Council.
Higher figures for Argentina and the Philippines have been offset by lower production in Brazil and South Africa.
The rye harvest in Russia has also been reduced from earlier estimates.
Also adding to this drop in consumption is the decline in use of feed grain in Japan, on the back of increasing meat imports.
Depleted stocks in Russia following last years poor harvest have resulted in lower world stocks, with estimates falling 1 million to 140 million tonnes.
Some reports indicate that barley stocks in Russia could be the lowest on record by the end of the season, noted the IGC.