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USDA raises global wheat production

Global wheat production for the 2008-09 marketing year is now forecast to reach a record high of 680.2 million metric tons thanks to predicted increases in Canada, Russia, Ukraine and the U.S., the U.S. Department of Agriculture said Friday in its monthly supply and demand report.

The new forecast for world wheat production is an increase from the 676.28 million tons that was predicted last month. "Production for Canada is raised 1.9 million tons based on the latest official estimates," the USDA said in the report. "Production is raised 1 million tons for Russia on higher reported area and yields.

Ukraine production is raised 1 million tons on higher reported yields." U.S. farmers are now forecast to produce 68.03 million tons of wheat, up from last month's prediction of 67.02 million tons. The overall prediction for stronger global wheat production comes despite declines now seen in Argentine and Australian wheat production.

"Production is lowered (500,000) tons for Australia as government statistics and other reports indicate harvested area losses due to drought and haying," the USDA said.

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