WASDE: March Wheat Numbers

March 10, 2011 04:16 AM


 U.S. wheat ending stocks for 2010/11 are projected higher this month on reduced export prospects.  Projected exports are lowered 25 million bushels with increased world supplies of high quality wheat, particularly in Australia, and a slower-than-expected pace of U.S. shipments heading into the final quarter of the wheat marketing year.  

By-class changes include lower projected exports for Hard Red Spring, White, and durum wheat, partly offset by small increases for Hard Red Winter and Soft Red Winter wheat.  The marketing-year average price received by producers is projected at $5.60 to $5.80 per bushel, unchanged from last month.

Global 2010/11 wheat supplies are projected 1.9 million tons higher reflecting higher production.  Argentina production is raised 1.0 million tons based on higher reported yields. Australia production is raised 1.0 million tons with higher yields in Western Australia where wheat quality was not hurt by harvest rains as in the east.  Other production changes include a 0.5-million-ton reduction for EU-27 with a smaller crop reported for Denmark and a 0.6-millionton increase for Saudi Arabia on an upward revision to area.

Global wheat trade is projected lower partly reflecting reduced import prospects for a number of smaller markets as high prices trim demand.  The largest import reduction, however, is for Russia where imports are lowered 1.5 million tons.  Despite last year’s drought, Russia appears to be meeting its wheat needs as the government’s export ban helps maintain supplies for domestic users.  With lower imports by Russia, Ukraine exports are lowered 1.5 million tons.  Ukraine’s export restrictions have also disrupted trade with non-FSU countries.  

Exports are lowered 0.5 million tons for EU-27 on tighter supplies and the rising value of the Euro.  Although exports are unchanged for the Australia October-September marketing year, exports are raised 1.0 million tons for the 2010/11 July-June international trade year increasing expected competition for U.S. wheat exports over the next few months.

Global 2010/11 wheat consumption is projected lower with the biggest change being a 1.5-million-ton reduction in expected wheat feeding for Russia.  With increased global production and reduced usage, world ending stocks for 2010/11 are projected 4.1 million tons higher.


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