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German Winter-Barley and Rapeseed Yields Seen 10% Higher by DBV

August 01, 2012

German winter barley and rapeseed yields should be about 10 percent higher than last year, based on harvest results, farm lobby Deutscher Bauernverband said. The main wheat harvest is about to start, it said.

Winter-barley yields range from about 5 metric tons a hectare (2.47 acres) to 10 tons, with the average yield in Germany estimated at 6.3 tons a hectare, the Berlin-based DBV wrote in a report on its website today.

Germany is the European Union’s second-largest grower of rapeseed and barley, behind France. Sunny weather at the end of July allowed farmers to progress the harvest, before rains over the weekend disrupted field work, according to DBV.

“The much-needed period of good weather allowed for the harvest to advance under good combining conditions,” DBV wrote. “The rain in the past weekend, however, caused another interruption of harvesting work.”

The country will remain dry today with temperatures climbing to 30 degrees Celsius (86 degrees Fahrenheit) in the south, with rain expected in coming days, according to forecaster Deutscher Wetterdienst.

The winter-barley harvest is almost completed, with some remaining plots to be harvested at higher altitudes, in northern Schleswig-Holstein and parts of Lower Saxony, the Berlin-based DBV wrote in a report on its website today.

Specific weight, an indication of the amount of dry matter in the grain, ranges from 55 to 70 kilograms (121 to 154 pounds) per hectoliter (2.8 bushels), the farm group wrote. Most of the harvested winter barley is between 60 and 65 kilograms per hectoliter, which is “quite satisfactory,” DBV said.

About a quarter of Germany’s spring barley has been cut, which doesn’t allow for definitive statements on yield and quality, DBV said.

Winter Rapeseed

Harvesting of winter rapeseed is about 75 percent done, with yields climbing 11 percent from last year to 3.3 tons per hectare, DBV reported.

The wheat harvest has hardly started because the grain isn’t ripe after rain in June and July delayed development, according to DBV. Good water supply during the grain-filling period will allow for “good” specific weight, the group said.

Corn is mostly in good to very good condition, with growth boosted by sufficient water supply and helped by recent warmer weather, according to the farm lobby.

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

To contact the editor responsible for this story: John Deane at jdeane3@bloomberg.net


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