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Reference Date: 20-June-2014


  1. Favourable prospects for cereals production in 2014

  2. Cereal exports in 2014/15 forecast around the previous year's level

  3. Food prices higher than a year earlier

Favourable prospects for cereals production in 2014

The 2014 winter cereal crops are about to be harvested. Prospects are favourable following a mild winter and limited winterkill which contributed to normal development of the crops. Latest reports indicate that 65 percent of the cereal crops are rated in good conditions and 31 percent in satisfactory conditions.

Planting of spring cereal crops is almost completed under generally favourable weather conditions. The area planted to spring wheat is estimated at 13 million hectares, up 1 million hectares compared with 2013, while that under barley is put at 8.5 million hectares and that of maize at 2.6 million hectares.

Assuming normal weather conditions in the coming months, the 2014 aggregate cereal output is forecast to reach 87.9 million tonnes, close to last year’s good level. Production of all cereals, wheat, barley, maize, rye, oats and millet, is anticipated to be similar to last year’s level.

Exports in 2014/15 marketing year (July/June) forecast slightly lower than in 2013/14

Cereal exports in the forthcoming marketing year are anticipated to reach 24.9 million tonnes, 4 percent below last year’s level. Wheat represents about 77 percent of exports and the remaining is barley, maize and rye. Although the Russian Federation is one of major supplier of cereals to CIS countries, the largest part of exports is channelled to the rest of the world, including Egypt, Turkey, the Islamic Republic of Iran and others.

Food prices are overall increasing

Despite the weakening of export prices of wheat in the past two months reflecting good expectations for the 2014 harvest, retail prices wheat flour and bread in June remained stable and higher than a year earlier, particularly for bread. Prices of potatoes, another important food staple, have been increasing seasonally in the past months but in June were 47 percent higher than their level at the same time in 2013.

Relevant links:
 Food Price Data and Analysis Tool
 Earth Observation Indicators
 Seasonal Indicators
 Vegetation Indicators
 Precipitation Indicators
 Graphs & Data
 NDVI & Precipitation
 Crop and Food Security Assessment Mission (CFSAM) Reports & Special Alerts: 1998
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