According to the EU Commission's forecast, the EU sunflower area for harvest in 2021 amounts to around 4.4 million hectares.
In terms of area, Romania continues to be the top producer in the EU-27 with around 1.23 million hectares (2020: 1.22 million hectares).
Hungary has expanded its sunflower area 6.3% to 643,000 hectares compared to 2020. The expansion in sunflower area in Spain is expected to be even larger at 8.1 per cent year-on-year.
In Germany, the increase in area is seen at 3.6% to 29,000 hectares.
The EU Commission's statistics, as analysed by Agrarmarkt Informations-Gesellschaft, showed that the declines in area in France (-14.4%) and Italy (‑6.5%) are offset by the expansions in the other sunflower-producing countries. Consequently, the total production area remains unchanged.
In its outlook for 2021, the EU Commission has forecast yields at an overall average of 23.9 decitonnes per hectare.
This translates to a 20.2% rise year-on-year. In the past year, excessive rainfall in Bulgaria and Romania in particular reduced the overall yield.
German farmers are estimated to harvest 21 decitonnes per hectare in 2021 (2020: 22.1 decitonnes per hectare). The highest per-hectare yields are expected to be reached in Hungary.
At presumably 31.8 decitonnes per hectare, Hungarian yields could exceed the previous year's level by more than 15%.
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