07.05.2020 (Biofuels International Magazine) - More land in the EU-27 has been planted with oilseeds for the 2020 crop than the previous year due to the expansion in rapeseed and soy areas.
The EU Commission estimates the EU-27 oilseed area for the 2020 crop at 10.6 million hectares.
According to information published by the EU Commission, rapeseed accounts for the largest share of the oilseed area, as it did in previous years.
Rapeseed is reported to occupy 5.3 million hectares up 2.7% year-on-year. This hectarage is about 10% short of the five-year average. Unfavourable weather conditions impeded rapeseed sowing in the autumn of 2019, especially in France, where some land had to be ploughed up.
The soy area in the EU-27 is expected to grow around 0.1 million hectares to 1 million hectares, whereas the sunflower area is projected to shrink 0.1 million hectares to 4.2 million hectares.
According to Agrarmarkt Informations-Gesellschaft (mbH), the EU Commission anticipates that yields in the EU-27 will rise. This increase, together with the expected expansion in area, could lead to an oilseed harvest of 29.5 million tonnes. This would be up 1.5 million tonnes year-on-year.
Soybean output is expected to amount to 2.95 million tonnes, up around 11%, and rapeseed production is put at 16.5 million tonnes, up around 8%. Sunflowers could remain at the same level as the previous year at 10 million tonnes.