German farmers expressed confidence on Tuesday that this year’s grain harvest will be generally good, even if slightly lower than last year.
A survey of the country’s 18 regional farmers’ federations showed that this year’s grain harvest is projected to reach 47-48 million tonnes.
That is slightly lower than last year’s harvest of 48.9 million tonnes, but above the annual average over the past five years of 47.2 million tonnes.
Germany, which is the second biggest grain producer in the European Union after France, has experienced bad weather this year, including torrential rain and hail, but mostly restricted to specific regions.
Generally, the weather has been better than last year, the farmers federation DBV said.
“Farmers’ financial situation nevertheless remains tense,” as a result of low global commodity prices, DBV said.
(Source – http://www.blackseagrain.net/novosti/german-farmers-predict-good-grain-harvest-this-year)