The global area planted to rapeseed is likely to reach 35.6 million hectares in the 2021/22 crop year, according to recent information published by the International Grain Council (IGC).
This equated to a 1.4% increase on the current crop year with Canada is expected to see the biggest rise in area.
According to the latest data, the country can produce rapeseed on around 8.7 million hectares for the 2021 harvest. This would translate to a 4.6% rise on the year.
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 is grown are also expected to sow more rapeseed in 2020/21.
These countries include India with an increase of 2.8% to 7.4 million hectares and Russia with a rise of 1.1% to 1.4 million hectares.
By contrast, according to investigations conducted by Agrarmarkt Informations-Gesellschaft, the area planted to rapeseed in the EU-27 plus UK will decrease slightly by 0.1 million hectares to 5.5 million hectares.
Although Germany and Poland are expected to see an expansion in area, such expansion will not suffice to offset the declines anticipated for France, south-east Europe and the UK. The IGC expects a sharp decrease of 16.4% to 0.9 million hectares for Ukraine as a result of excessively dry conditions at the time of sowing.
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