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Coarse grains generally refers to cereal grains other than wheat and rice — in the OECD countries, those used primarily for animal feed or brewing.

When used as a collective term in the context of Producer Support Estimates (PSE) and Consumer Support (CSE) estimates, the composition will vary by country and may include any or all of the following: barley, oats and sorghum.

Rye and triticale, the production of which is minor in the OECD, are not included in PSE composites relating to coarse grains, except in a few cases where statistical difficulties prevent the separation of data on rye from those for other coarse grains.

Maize (corn in the United States) is a coarse grain but is reported separately from all other coarse grains in the PSE/CSE tables.

In Mexico, most maize is produced for human consumption rather than animal feed.

Source Publication:
Agricultural Policies in OECD Countries: Monitoring and Evaluation 2000: Glossary of Agricultural Policy Terms, OECD.

Cross References:

Statistical Theme: Agriculture and fisheries statistics - Agricultural policy indicators

Created on Tuesday, September 25, 2001

Last updated on Tuesday, April 9, 2013