Global rapeseed area to increase slightly

The global area planted to rapeseed is likely to reach 35.6M ha in the 2021/22 crop year, a 1.4% increase on the current crop year, according to recent information published by the International Grain Council (IGC).

“Canada is expected to see the biggest rise in area,” Germany’s Union for the Promotion of Oil and Protein Plants (UFOP) said in a press release on 4 January.

“The country could produce rapeseed on around 8.7M ha for the 2021 harvest. This would translate to a 4.6% rise on the year.”

However, these were projected figures as sowings would not be made until spring 2021.

“On the other hand, the comparatively low stocks in Canada and high rapeseed prices suggest that the Canadian rapeseed area could be expanded.”

Farmers in other important countries where rapeseed was grown would probably also sow more rapeseed in 2020/21, UFOP said. These countries included India with an increase of 2.8% to 7.4M ha and Russia with a rise of 1.1% to 1.4M ha.

In contrast, the area planted to rapeseed in the EU27+UK would decrease slightly by 0.1M ha to 5.5M ha, according to agricultural market information firm Agrarmarkt Informations-Gesellschaft mbH (AMI).

“Although Germany and Poland are expected to see an expansion in area, their expansion will not offset the declines anticipated for France, southeast Europe and the UK,” UFOP said.

The IGC also expected a sharp decrease of 16.4% to 0.9M ha for Ukraine as a result of excessively dry conditions at the time of sowing.