(Photo: a plot of wheat affected by lack of humidity)

Buenos Aires, November 1st. In its latest weekly report, the Buenos Aires Cereals Exchange (BCBA) reduce the forecast of the Argentine wheat production to 18.8 million metric tons from the previous 19.8 MMT, and from the initial estimation of 20.5 million.

According to the report, drought in several production zones, a combination of moderate temperatures and frost in the reproductive stages of the crop, affected the yield potential. The BCBA also said that they don’t discard another output reduction in the next reports.

For the 2018/19 campaign, the BCBA estimated a 19 MMT wheat production, which meant a national record, based in 6.2 million hectares acreage. In this campaign, the area expanded to 6.6 million hectares, but the output could fall below last year’s record.

Also, sources from the BCBA estimated that some areas could not be harvested due to the heavy losses suffered by the crop, increasing the drop in grain production. Meanwhile, the Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock, and Fisheries do not unveil its expectation about the magnitude of the harvest, just saying the planted area reached 6.6 million hectares.

Next November 21st, the breeding company Don Mario Semillas will carry out a field day dedicated to the wheat crop in Chacabuco (Buenos Aires province), where both agronomists and farmers will discuss the result of the present campaign 2019/20. EFarmNewsAr will be part of this meeting and after that, we inform our readers about the humor of the farmers and its expectations. See the banner on our front page.