Germany, UK Harvest Smaller Wheat Crops But Quality Ok


Wheat harvests in Germany and Britain have made rapid progress in the last week with production set to fall but the outlook much less bleak than in neighbouring France, crop analysts said.

“The harvest size is down following the rain this summer but overall quality is looking reasonably good and we are not facing a disaster like France,” one German grains analyst said.

“The results are very mixed between regions and the harvest will need a lot of sorting. But the overall quality nationally will be pretty decent in terms of protein and other quality measurements,” the analyst added. About 60 to 70 percent of Germany’s crop has been gathered.

Germany’s 2016 wheat harvest will fall 8.8 percent on the year to 24.21 million tonnes, the country’s association of farm cooperatives said on Tuesday.

Britain’s wheat harvest was about 40 percent complete as of Tuesday, with progress now in line with the five-year average after a slow start, crop consultants ADAS said. ADAS said yields were hovering around the five-year average of 7.9 tonnes per hectare.

“Early indications are that specific weights are good and the majority of milling wheat crops are meeting specification,” ADAS said.

Traders expect this year’s UK wheat crop to be around 14.5 million tonnes, down from last season’s 16.43 million.

The final stages of the French soft wheat harvest were showing poor yields in the far north like elsewhere in the country, keeping France on course to lose about a quarter of its wheat production compared with last year’s record crop.

“The most northerly areas haven’t brought any nice surprises in yield terms,” a French cash broker said. “The fields looked good but the wheat ears were poorly filled with grain.

At the same time, along the coast more than half of the crop is reaching the 74 kilos per hectolitre mark for specific weights, which is better than elsewhere.” Production estimates range from about 28 to 30 million tonnes, down from last year’s record of nearly 41 million tonnes.

Rain in Poland has disrupted harvesting and quality differs greatly between regions, said Wojtek Sabaranski of analysts Sparks Polska.

“The average wheat yields in the country will probably be smaller than projected before,” he said. Sparks Polska has reduced its Polish wheat crop forecast to 10.4 to 10.5 million tonnes, from 10.7 million tonnes forecast in August and against 11.9 million tonnes harvested in 2015.

The quality of wheat harvested early is usually quite satisfactory but the quality of later cuttings after repeated rain is poorer, he said.


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