A sharp drop in rapeseed area is forecast for Ukraine for this year, Germany’s Union for the Promotion of Oil and Protein Plants (UFOP) said in a press release on 17 March.

“Drought severely affected plantings and is also responsible for above-average losses over the winter.”

According to information from the Agrarmarkt Informations-Gesellschaft (mbH), the Ukrainian rapeseed area may potentially be down one fourth from a year earlier.

“Some failed areas will be re-planted with summer rapeseed. However, yields of summer rapeseed are lower than those of winter rapeseed.”

In Poland, the cold winter resulted in more winterkill losses than usual, UFOP said. In Great Britain, the crops suffered from flooding.

However, the total area of winter rapeseed is forecast to expand across the EU.

In other parts of the world, the area planted with rapeseed in China would probably be reduced because crop was less competitive than other crops, UFOP said. “For exactly the opposite reason, the area of summer rapeseed in Canada is projected to rise.”