July 23, 2012

 

Germany's 2012 wheat crop forecast up to 23.18 million tonnes

 

 

Germany's 2012 wheat crop forecast has been raised by Toepfer International on Friday (July 20) to 23.18 million tonnes from 22.71 million tonnes it estimated in June and so up from the 2011 crop of 22.70 million tonnes.

 

Development of wheat and rapeseed has been helped by rain in the past few weeks, Toepfer said in a report.

 

Toepfer also raised its forecast of Germany's 2012 rapeseed crop to 5.16 million tonnes from 4.86 million tonnes it estimated in June and up from 3.89 million tonnes harvested in 2011, when Germany had suffered a major rapeseed crop failure.

 

Germany's Farm Cooperatives Association on Tuesday (July 17) also raised its forecast of Germany's 2012 wheat harvest to 21.9 million tonnes from the 21.3 million tonnes it estimated in June.

 

Germany has had repeated rain and generally cool, cloudy weather in the last month.

 

The cool weather means the ripening process of wheat and rapeseed is "not particularly well developed" in much of Germany, Toepfer said.

 

But the rain will have helped the grain and pod development of plants, which would be positive for yields, it said.

 

Germany's 2012 harvest of winter barley, used for animal feed, has started in parts of the country but was repeatedly stopped by rain, Toepfer said. Initial winter barley crop yields are mostly average, although the first regions of the German harvest traditionally have lower yields than later areas, Toepfer said.

 

Toepfer estimates Germany's 2012 barley crop of all types will rise to 9.98 million tonnes, up from the 9.72 million tonnes it forecast in June and 8.73 million tonnes in 2011, with a strong increase in spring barley plantings taking place to replace frost-damaged barley.

 

The 2012 grain corn crop will be little changed at 5.23 million tonnes from 5.22 million tonnes in 2011.

 

Germany's 2012 grains crop of all types will rise to 44.77 million tonnes from 41.90 million tonnes in 2011, it said.