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German Winter-Rapeseed Planting Curbed by Weather, Group Says

November 16, 2011

Nov. 16 (Bloomberg) -- Germany’s winter-rapeseed area for harvesting next year is estimated to rise 0.9 percent from this year’s acreage, with planting curbed by adverse weather, the country’s oilseed-industry association said.

The rapeseed area is estimated at 1.325 million hectares (3.27 million acres) from about 1.31 million hectares harvested in 2011, the Union zur Foerderung von Oel-und Proteinpflanzen e.V., or UFOP, said in a statement on its website.

This year’s rapeseed cultivation area was reduced by winterkill and other damage, and actual planting is estimated to be lower than a year ago, according to the industry group. The estimate is based on a survey of 4,994 farmers in September and October, UFOP said.

“Where weather allowed, in general the planted area of last year was maintained,” UFOP said. Demand for domestic rapeseed oil is being driven by the food and biofuel industries, according to the association.

The greatest area increase is forecast in Brandenburg, with planting rising 10,959 hectares, or 9.2 percent, while planting is down by 9,643 hectares, or 11 percent, in Schleswig-Holstein, according to UFOP.

--Editors: John Deane, Sharon Lindores

To contact the reporter on this story: Rudy Ruitenberg in Paris at rruitenberg@bloomberg.net

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Claudia Carpenter at ccarpenter2@bloomberg.net


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