Iraq’s MY 2017/18 wheat production declined due to unfavorable weather conditions, lower wheat procurement prices and the ongoing sectarian conflict. Because of quality issues, more wheat will be used for feed. Increased wheat and corn feeding are expected to offset the reduced availability of barley, given lower production. Higher forecast for wheat and rice imports may signal that Iraq will import these grains on a more regular basis this marketing year. However, the bulk of Iraq’s wheat imports will continue to be in flour form. Rice imports during MY 2017/18 are expected to rise, as private sector imports and purchases to supply the Public Distribution System (PDS) both increase.