German 2017 wheat and rapeseed harvests seen up on year
Germany’s 2017 wheat crop will rise by 2.7 percent on the year to 25.26 million tonnes as crops benefited from a warm end to winter, the association of farm cooperatives said on Wednesday.
The association forecast Germany’s 2017 winter rapeseed crop would rise 7.1 percent on the year to 4.93 million tonnes.
The forecasts were raised from the association’s March 15 estimate of a wheat crop of 25.13 million tonnes and 4.86 million tonnes for rapeseed.
“Grain crops have developed well in past weeks because of mild weather,” the association said. “Crop growth is about one week ahead of the long-term average, in the south of the country even more.”
“In order for grains to meet their full yield potential, sufficient rain is now needed, especially in the south and west of the country,” the association added.
Rain is forecast in Germany over the weekend.
Germany is the European Union’s second largest wheat producer after France and in most years the EU’s largest producer of rapeseed, Europe’s main oilseed for edible oil and biodiesel production.
Germany’s 2017 winter barley crop, mostly used for animal feed, will fall 0.8 percent on the year to 8.96 million tonnes following a reduction in sowings, the association said.
The spring barley crop, used for beer and malt production, will increase 7.4 percent to 1.92 million tonnes after expanded sowings while better yields than last year are also expected.
The corn crop will rise 22.7 percent to 4.88 million tonnes because of an increased planted area and an expected yield improvement, it said.