Kleffmann Digital measured in December/January the winter oilseed rape area across Europe via it’s satellite-based digital tool CropRadar. The third year in a row the oilseed rape area in Europe is declining. From over 8 million ha in 2018 down to less than 7 million ha drilled seed in autumn 2020.
In addition to Ukraine, the overall decrease in Europe is also a result of strong declines in France and Great Britain along with smaller losses in Romania and some other Eastern European countries. There are various reasons for the drop: bad yields in 2020, less favourable sowing conditions in autumn 2020, or the loss of neonics and the flea beetle problem in Great Britain.
On the flip side there are also positive signals like an increasing area in Germany and higher commodity prices. The significance of winter oilseed rape will play an more important role in the crop rotations in line with the EU‘s Farm to Fork. As a cash crop winter oilseed rape still provides a healthy return.
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