Bulgarian rapeseed yields have been averaging 2.51 MT/ha


A period of expanding rape sown areas in Bulgaria started in the 2010/11 season, when more than 200 Th ha of this oilseed was planted in the country for the first time ever and its crop hit a high of over 0.5 MMT. The 2012/13 season featured a rapeseed crop failure, when a drop in plantings (144 Th ha) was accompanied with a lower yield (2.02 MT/ha) because of the weather factor. However, this did not reduce Bulgarian farmers’ interest in rapeseed cultivation: steady importer demand both for this oilseed itself and its products forced the growers to run the risk and keep their rape planted acreage at 172-174 Th ha over the following two seasons.
Bulgarian rapeseed yields have been averaging 2.51 MT/ha in the recent eight years. Regarding a longer period of time, the nation had gained minor experience of rapeseed growing back prior to MY 2008/09. At the time, this oilseed’s plantings were insignificant and its yield averaged just 1.53 MT/ha. The latter came to a record level of 2.97 MT/ha in the 2016/17 season that allowed farmers to harvest quite a decent crop for Bulgaria: 509 KMT, or up more than 20% year-on-year.



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