Coceral expects a significant increase in the grain production in 2021, compared to 2020.
Coceral, the European association representing the trade in cereals, rice, feedstuffs, oilseeds, olive oil, oils and fats and agrosupply, expects a significant increase in the grain harvest in 2021, compared to 2020. In its initial forecast, Coceral expects production of 307.4 million t in the EU-27 including the United Kingdom, an increase of almost 4% compared to 295.7 million t in 2020.
Wheat production (excluding durum) is expected to recover from 127.9 mln t to 143.0 mln t especially driven by higher expected plantings and yields in France, Germany, the UK, and the Balkan countries where adverse weather had affected the last crop.
DECREASE IN CORN PRODUCTION
The EU-27+UK 2021 barley production is forecast at 61.5 mln t, down from 63.1 mln t last year. While Germany and France are forecast to see much better crops than in 2020, production is seen down in Spain, where weather during the most critical crop development stage has been excellent in 2020, and in the UK, where spring barley planting should decrease substantially as the country has planted more winter grains this year than last year.
The EU-27+UK 2021 corn crop is seen slightly up year-on-year at 63.1 mln t (last year: 62.8 mln t), with much higher crops in the Balkan countries and small reductions in several other EU member states.
The EU-27+UK rapeseed crop is forecast to recover slightly from 16.9 mln t to 17.8 mln t because of slightly higher crops in several countries, including Germany, France, the UK, Romania, Bulgaria and Hungary.