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Wheat Crops Almost Everywhere Are Coming Under Threat

  • Dryness threatens both French growers and U.S. Central Plains
  • Soaring wheat prices compound hunger, cost-of-living crises
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As Russia’s invasion chokes off Ukrainian wheat exports, pushing up bread and noodle prices, the global harvest faces an added test: extreme weather.

Droughts, flooding and heatwaves threaten output from the U.S. to France and India, compounding shrinking production in Ukraine. Just about every major producing region is facing one threat or another. The one notable exception is Russia, which is shaping up for a bumper crop and stands to benefit from the rising prices and limited supply elsewhere.