The soybean production area in the EU-27 has more than doubled over the past 10 years, according to information published by the EU Commission.
The area planted with soybeans in 2021 is reported to amount to almost 958,000 million hectares. This is up around 2% year-on-year.
Italy remains by far the largest EU soybean producer with an area of presumably 286,000 hectares and an 11% increase in area. The country accounts for around 30% of the total EU soybean planted area.
The soybean area has also been significantly expanded in other EU member states. Slovakia has recorded an increase of just about 12% to 57,000 hectares, whereas Austria has seen a 10% expansion to 76,000 hectares.
German producers also dedicated more land to soybeans than they did the previous year. 36,000 hectares translate to a 9%increase.
Romanian farmers had very strongly expanded the soybean area in the past year, so they reduced the area slightly by 3%in 2021. With an estimated 160,000 hectares, Romania continues to be the third largest soybean-producing country, following France with 172,000 hectares.
According to investigations conducted by Agrarmarkt Informations-Gesellschaft, the EU soybean harvest is also likely to increase because of the expansion in production area in many EU countries.
Germany did not harvest any significant amount of soybeans until 2016. This year, the EU Commission expects the country to harvest 101,000 tonnes. This means that German output would have more than doubled over the past five years. Romania is assumed to see the biggest increase in production, of more than 20% to 384,000 tonnes.
In 2021, harvests are expected to grow by 11% in France (despite a reduction in area), 10% in Austria and 7% in Germany.
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