Germany’s area sown to winter wheat for 2020 harvest decreased by 215,600 hectares or 7% to 2.84 million hectares in 2019, compared to the area under cultivation, according to the country’s Federal Statistics Office on Thursday. The largest declines were in Lower Saxony (-37,800 hectares), Saxony-Anhalt (-36,100 hectares) and Schleswig-Holstein (-26,500 hectares).
Winter grain was sown on 5.19 million hectares for the 2020 harvest. That is 207,300 hectares (-4%) less than the acreage in the 2019 harvest year.
In autumn 2019, farms in Germany sowed winter rape for the 2020 harvest on 952,700 hectares of arable land. The sowing area of winter rape for the coming harvest is 100 800 hectares (+12%) above the acreage of 2019. After the acreage of winter rape in 2019 as a result of the prolonged drought for sowing in autumn 2018 to the lowest value since the turn of the millennium, the area sown is now increasing again in almost all federal states. However, the level of previous years has not yet been reached.
Triticale was sown for the 2020 harvest on 344,400 hectares of arable land, which corresponds to a decrease of 4% (-13,700 hectares) compared to the area under cultivation in 2019. With a sowing area of around 1.34 million hectares, there are no major changes compared to the previous year in the cultivation of winter barley. The area sown by rye and winter crops is expected to increase by almost 6% to 670,800 hectares compared to 2019 (+35,300 hectares).