German farm ministry sees wheat crop up marginally


Germany’s wheat crop is likely to increase by only 0.3 percent this year, capped by poor weather including persistent rain this summer, the German agriculture ministry said on Monday.

It forecast this year’s crop would total 24.54 million tonnes and would be 1.2 percent lower than the average crop since 2011.

Germany is the European Union’s largest wheat producer after France and in most years is the EU’s largest producer of rapeseed, which is Europe’s main oilseed for edible oil and biodiesel production.

Analysts expect the disappointing quality of Germany’s wheat harvest after rain this summer will mean more export business for France. Germany’s farming association has also forecast a disappointing harvest this summer after repeated rain in July and August.

German wheat has problems with lower test weights, an important quality criteria.

The final areas harvested also had poor Hagberg falling numbers – an important criteria for judging wheat as a bread grain – and may only reach feed wheat quality, the ministry said. But protein levels were generally average.

Germany’s winter rapeseed harvest is seen falling 5.9 percent on the year to 4.31 million tonnes with crops also suffering from poor weather, the ministry said.

The winter barley crop, used for animal feed, will rise 0.5 percent on the year to 9 million tonnes, it said.

The spring barley crop, used for beer and malt production, will rise 7.9 percent to 1.91 million tonnes.

The grain maize (corn) crop will rise 3.4 percent to 4.15 million tonnes, it forecast.


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