The spring planting, which started in early April is still on-going. Corn will be planted on approximately 188, 500 hectares (ha) versus the 191,720 ha in 2016, which is a two percent decrease. This could translate into a yield of 1,040,000 metric tons (MT), slightly lower than 1,178,423 MT in 2016. The winter wheat area is decreased by eight percent. Thus, this year’s wheat will be harvested from a planted area of 66,000 ha and is expected to yield 237,600 MT versus the 306,605 MT harvested from 71,394 ha in 2016.