French rapeseed output is set to beat German production this year, according to fresh German farmer data. German rapeseed production will fall to 4.9MMT, down 21.3% on last year’s record breaking harvest of 6.2MMT, according to German agricultural co-operative DRV. The French government expects French farmers to produce 5.07MMT this year according to the most recent French data, following a YoY expansion in the French rapeseed footprint.
Rainfall over the western European rapeseed belt has plummeted well below half normal levels over the past 6 months. French farmers have been reported struggling with heat effects as their harvest gets underway. This dry weather and high temperatures have slashed German yield expectations by 16.3%. France and Germany collectively supply just under half of the EU’s rapeseed output.