May 26, 2012
Germany's 2012 wheat yield seen below 22 million tonnes
With crops suffering from winterkill, Germany's 2012 wheat output forecast was changed to a lower level by Alfred C. Toepfer International on Thursday (May 24) to 21.49 million tonnes.
The Hamburg-based trading house, a unit of Archer Daniels Midland Co. (ADM) and French farming cooperative Invivo, said a cold snap at the start of February led to considerable winterkill in central and eastern Germany, with around 10% of crops ploughed up.
As a result, the country's spring wheat acreage has greatly increased, Toepfer said, but this still won't fully make up for winter's lost crops because farmers have mainly chosen to plant spring barley, and to a lesser extent corn, sunflowers or oats.
While the severe frosts have left their marks on the winter crops, Toepfer said spring crops have developed quite well and quickly up to now. There has been sufficient rainfall in most of Germany's western regions over recent weeks, Toepfer said, whereas the eastern growing regions are still too dry.