Germany’s 2016 wheat crop will fall 1.7 percent on the year to 26.10 million metric tons but will still reach a good average, the country’s association of farmcooperatives said.
The association forecast the country’s 2016 winter rapeseed crop will rise 0.7 percent on the year to 5.04 million metric tons.
The wheat planted area is hardly changed from last year at 3.28 million hectares, it said. But yields are likely to be 7.9 metric tons a hectare, slightly down from last year’s exceptionally high yields of 8.0 metric tons a hectare, it said.
“This is still a good crop and approaches last year’s excellent harvest,” one German trader said.
Germany is the European Union’s second-largest wheat producer after France and in most years the EU’s largest producer of rapeseed and Europe’s main oilseed for edible oil and biodiesel production.
“The grain and rapeseed plants have come through the winter without significant damage,” the association said in its first harvest estimate.
“Plants were often in an above-average state of growth following the mild, growth-positive autumn weather but were able to withstand the cold weather in January. Light snow cover in many regions helped.”
Germany’s crop of winter barley, largely used for animal feed, is set to fall 2.1 percent on the year to 9.43 million metric tons, the association said. The spring barley crop, used for beer and malt production, will fall 1.2 percent to 1.97 million metric tons party because of reduced sowings, it said.
The grain maize (corn) crop will rise 12.2 percent to 4.45 million metric tons partly because of an increase in planted area and improved yields, it said.
But spring grain sowings have hardly started in much of Germany because of an unfavourable mixture of rain and some frosts, it said.