German farmers plant less winter wheat and rapeseed for 2024 crop

Published May 21, 2024

Tridge summary

Germany's agricultural sector is facing challenges, with the national statistics agency reporting a significant reduction in the sowing areas for winter wheat and winter rapeseed for the 2024 harvest. The winter wheat area has shrunk by 8.3% to approximately 2.6 million hectares, and winter rapeseed sowing has decreased by 5.8% to 1.1 million hectares. This decline is attributed to unfavorable weather conditions and the conversion of farmland for residential and renewable energy developments. In compensation, there has been a notable increase in the sowing of spring grains, including wheat, barley, and corn, as farmers compensate for the losses incurred due to previous weather-related issues. This shift in sowing patterns highlights the complex adjustments required in Germany's agricultural sector to overcome adverse conditions and pursue sustainable development goals.
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Germany’s winter wheat area for the 2024 harvest has been reduced by 8.3% year on year to about 2.6 million hectares, Germany’s national statistics agency estimated on Friday. Winter rapeseed sowing for the 2024 crop was also reduced, dropping by 5.8% to 1.1 million hectares, the agency said. Reductions in planted areas had been expected after unfavourably rainy autumn weather and increased use of farmland for purposes including housebuilding and expansion of renewable energy infrastructure. Germany is the European Union’s second largest wheat producer behind France and a major exporter. It is one of the EU’s largest producers of rapeseed, Europe’s most important oilseed for edible oil and biodiesel production. “Heavy rain in autumn 2023 made winter grain sowings difficult in some regions and later weather meant some areas suffered from flooding and generally excessive water levels in fields,” the statistics agency said. This meant farmers had to plough and replant some fields, ...
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