Bulgaria’s 2011 corn production increases 6.2%

Rise in Bulgaria's corn production attributed to an increase in acres planted with corn annually

Bulgaria’s 2011 corn production increased by 6.2% year-on-year, according to data from the Ministry of Agriculture and Foods.

As of November 17, a total of 98% of the corn has been harvested. Bulgaria’s corn production is expected to total about 2,050,000 metric tons, an increase of 120,000 tons over 2010. Much of the increase is due to the annual rise in the acreage planted with corn in Bulgaria, as 2.88 million decares were planted in 2009, 3.14 million in 2010 and 3.76 million in 2011. 

A total of 9.8 million decares of wheat were planted in Bulgaria in fall 2011 compared to 9.2 million in 2010 and 9.6 million in 2009, according to the Agriculture Ministry. Bulgarian farmers planted 1.62 million decares of barley in 2011, up from 1.61 million in 2010, but down from 2.01 million decares in 2009. Rapeseed, an emerging energy crop, was planted on 2.4 million decares in fall 2011, up from 2.1 million in 2010 and 1.8 million in 2009.