European harvest draws to a close

Harvest is drawing a close across Europe, with French soft wheat production rising by 1.1m tonnes compared to last year, to 36.7m tonnes.

According to the latest HGCA round-up, French maize production was expected to increase by 0.3m tonnes, to 15.6m tonnes.

In Germany, grain and rapeseed harvest was almost complete, with generally good quality but low wheat protein contents.

Rapeseed production should reach 5.9m tonnes – 1.1m tonnes up on the year, it added.

The Ukrainian oilseeds crop should total 15m tonnes this year, with 9m tonnes attributed to sunflowerseed; 1m tonnes of which had been cut so far.

And by 29 August, Russian farmers had cut 53.5% of their grains and legumes, with wheat yields 43% up on last year, at 2.84t/ha so far.

The Romanian wheat harvest was complete by 22 August, said the report. “Only a third of the wheat is deemed to be of milling quality, with the majority destined for the feed market.”

Across in America, spring wheat harvest was 64% complete by 1 September, with 76% of the barley and 90% of the oats in the barn.

Although 70% of the spring wheat was rated in good to excellent condition, maize and soyabeans were suffering, with 56% and 54% classed as good to excellent, respectively. 

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