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UPDATE 1-German 2022 corn harvest seen down 20.2% on year

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HAMBURG, Oct 19 (Reuters) - Germany's 2022 harvest of corn (grain maize) will fall 20.2% on the year to an estimated 3.54 million tonnes, Germany's association of farm cooperatives said on Wednesday in a harvest report.

Germany's corn has suffered from the prolonged drought and heatwave in the country this summer, it said.

Other European corn harvests, especially in France, also suffered from extreme drought this summer.

Globally tight corn supplies are expected with crop estimates also being cut in the United States, the association said.

With the small crop in Germany, traditionally a corn importer, much will depend on supplies from war-torn Ukraine.

"Ukraine has harvested a surprisingly good crop despite the war," the association said. "This is arriving on the market. Volumes transported by the (safe shipping) corridor in the Black Sea and also via alternative routes by vessel over the Danube, by truck or railway are almost reaching pre-war levels."

But uncertainty remains about whether the safe shipping corridor from Ukraine will be extended beyond the current agreement in November, it said.

If the sea corridor is stopped "worldwide supply bottlenecks cannot be ruled out," it said. (Reporting by Michael Hogan, editing by David Evans)

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