Prospects for EU wheat yields have been lifted, thanks to “favourable conditions” for winter sown crops in the blocs top wheat growing nations.
Mars, the EU’s crop monitoring agency, boosted its ideas of EU wheat yields by 0.15 tonnes a hectare, to 6.11 tonnes per hectare.
This is 4.5% above the 5-year trend for wheat yields, although it represents a fall from the 6.26 tonnes per hectare yields seen last year.
Yields of oilseed rape were also boosted, by 1.2% to 3.5 tonnes an acre. This is an increase of 4.5% from the March forecast, and in line with the previous season.
“Crop growth conditions have been good in most regions of Europe,” Mars said.
“In most regions, weather conditions have been favourable for winter crop growth and spring sowings,” Mars said.
“In general, the current prospects for EU-28 yields are above the five-year average, and the forecast for total cereals has increased compared to our last bulletin, reflecting the generally good growth conditions”.
Good German, French, UK prospects
In France, the EU’s top wheat grower Mars said winter sown crops are “benefiting from good conditions,” with above-trend yields expected.
The yield outlook for winter crops in Germany is also favourable.
The agency did note sparse rainfall in north-east Germany, as well as northern Poland, following a dry winter which saw some frost damage.
Mars also noted continued dry weather in eastern Ukraine, after a very dry autumn which reduced winter wheat sowings considerably.
And in the UK, the third-ranked wheat grower, crops are “faring well,” although yield expectations are being kept near trend levels, as it is early in the season.
(Source – http://www.agrimoney.com/news/mars-boosts-eu-wheat-and-rapeseed-crop-prospects–9527.html)