Some German wheat crops suffering from heatwave

25.07.2013

Toepfer forecasts Germany's 2013 rapeseed crop at 6.04 million tonnes, up from the weather-reduced 4.82 million tonnes in 2012.

Some German wheat crops are starting to suffer quality damage from the sunshine and high temperatures experienced in the country and much of west Europe in past weeks, the German Farmers' Association said on Wednesda, told Reuters.

The cool and wet spring meant wheat plants did not have to develop deep roots, the association said in a harvest report.

"This (lack of roots) has had a negative impact on wheat plants in the current warm weather phase," it said.

Much of Germany has had sunshine and above-average temperatures of well over 30 degrees Celsius this week and those of up to 38 degrees Celsius are forecast for the weekend.

The sunshine and heat means some wheat, in a delayed growth phase because of the cool spring, is being pushed into ripening too quickly, the association said. It did not give a harvest forecast in tonnes, saying neither German wheat nor rapeseed had yet been reaped in significant volumes. But expectations for the rapeseed crop are "above average to good," it said.

The association was more pessimistic than recent trade forecasts of the German wheat harvest, which is starting this week in early areas and is likely to become more widespread in early August.

Germany will harvest 24.24 million tonnes of wheat in 2013, up from the 22.33 million tonnes in 2012, its leading grain trader Toepfer International said on Friday. Toepfer forecasts Germany's 2013 rapeseed crop at 6.04 million tonnes, up from the weather-reduced 4.82 million tonnes in 2012.


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