Larger legume harvest coming for spring

October 21, 2017 |

In Germany, UFOP reports that legume harvests were satisfactory due to the expansion of land devoted to growing legume crops which set the course for a larger legume harvest in Germany already in spring. Consistently higher yields than 2016 also contributed to the rise in harvests.

In 2017, average yields of feed peas and field beans exceeded the 2016 figures considerably. However, yields of sweet lupins declined. The total harvest of 43,600 tonnes was down 13 per cent from 2016, because per-hectare yields shrank by 14 per cent. By contrast, the soybean harvest rose 41 per cent from the previous year, although the total quantity remained relatively small at 61,000 tonnes. The surge was based on a 21 per cent boost in area planted and a 16 per cent increase in yields. The German Federal Statistical Office estimated the total feed pea harvest at 298,400 tonnes, 3 per cent higher than 2016. The 5 per cent increase in per-hectare yields more than offset the 2 per cent drop in area planted.

The field bean crop is set to be a thorough success this year. The expansion in area alone amounted to 20 per cent from 2016, Agrarmarkt Informations-Gesellschaft mbH (AMI) reported. Yield was estimated at 40.1 decitonnes per hectare, up 1 per cent from the previous year and exceeding the long-term mean by as much as 5.5 per cent. Consequently, the total field bean harvest would amount to 186,100 tonnes, which would be 32,400 tonnes more than 2016.

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