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U.S. spring wheat crop down sharply in 2021

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MarketsFarm — Spring wheat production in the United States was down sharply in 2021, according to the latest annual small grains report from the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

Total spring wheat production was pegged at 9.01 million tonnes by the government agency, down 44 per cent from the 15.99 million tonnes grown the previous year. Durum, at 1.01 million tonnes, was down from the 1.88 million tonnes grown in 2020.

Barley and oats production in the country were also hampered by drought in key growing areas, with barley down 31 per cent at 2.56 million tonnes and oats down 39 per cent at 578,220 tonnes.

U.S. winter wheat production came in at 34.76 million tonnes, up nine per cent on the year. As a result, total wheat production in the country, at 44.79 million tonnes, was down 10 per cent.

— Phil Franz-Warkentin reports for MarketsFarm from Winnipeg.

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