The start of the Black Sea region’s new wheat marketing year from Monday, July 1 offers an opportunity to look back on the previous marketing year and to focus on Ukraine’s experience and the effect that the self-declared humanitarian corridor has had on the country’s agricultural exports.

The Ukrainian Grain Association estimated the 2024/25 crop of oilseeds and grains in Ukraine at 74.6 million tonnes, down by 2% from the initial forecast of 76.1 million tonnes in March.

Morocco and Algeria faced challenges with wheat and barley production due to drought conditions, leading to below-average forecasts

Chinese buyers are showing strong demand for barley and corn, with significant purchases from France, Australia, and Ukraine

The boost to the outlook is due to higher than expected yields and larger planted areas, compared to the drought-affected 2022/23 year

Soybean, spring wheat, corn and barley crops progress under milder temperatures

Winter wheat crop advances at a slower pace compared to last year

Contrasting weather conditions across Europe to affect crops

According to FranceAgriMer weather is currently favoring crops

Morocco remains the lead destination for EU shipments this season