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Southeast Europe Regional Analysis

Milling Wheat The Black Sea market remained about unchanged last week. The conflict in the Azov Sea did not significantly impact prices despite the loading difficulties at Ukraine’s Mariupol and Berdyansk seaports there, which are shipping less than 5 percent of the country’s total exports. The domestic prices in Russia were stable last week. The weather conditions in southern Russia and Ukraine are generally favorable for wheat development. One of the leading analysts in Russia projected that country’s 2019 wheat crop at 77.3 MMT. The EU reported that only 197 KMT were exported last week as its wheat remains expensive versus Russian origin. The total is now 6.4 MMT or about 29 percent below the 9 MMT exported at the sam...

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