Wheat and barley production prospects in Turkey are poorer than last year due to warm and dry winter weather conditions. Snow coverage was below normal in the Central Anatolia region of Turkey due to warm temperatures and below normal precipitation. These weather conditions may reduce yields in Central Anatolia region where about 40 percent of wheat and barley are grown.
Most of Iran received above normal rainfall last year after planting the winter wheat crop in late September and early October. However, rainfed wheat and barley regions of western Iran received below normal precipitation during the past several months.
Rainfall in Iraq and Syria have been near to
above normal from October 2000-February 2001. The 2001/02 grain
prospects for Syria are favorable due to these good rains.
However, the 2001/02 grain outlook for Iraq remains uncertain due
to lingering effects of two consecutive droughts and scarce
availability of agriculture inputs.
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