Around 104,000 tonnes of soybeans were harvested in Germany in 2021 - the largest quantity ever, the latest statistics reveal.
According to the German Federal Statistical Office, after the cold spring had only allowed for a slow start to the growth period, growing conditions were just about optimal in the summer and early autumn.
This led to a boost in soybean yields for the year’s harvest as they reached a record high of 30.3 decitonnes per hectare.
German soybean production has grown more than tenfold since 2012 due to a steady expansion in the production area.
The soybean area for the 2021 harvest amounted to 34,300 hectares, which was up 1.4% year-on-year.
Also, yields were higher than average and showed enormous increases compared to the dry spell last year, especially in Eastern Germany. In Brandenburg they rose 65% over 2020. According to Agrarmarkt Informations-Gesellschaft, Baden-Wuerttemberg, Lower Saxony and Hesse also recorded very large increases of between 34-48%.
The Union zur Förderung von Oel- und Proteinpflanzen (UFOP) regards this positive trend in yields per hectare as evidence of the successful research into new soybean production techniques.
The UFOP expects the German Ministry of Agriculture to move up several gears under the new leadership in order to make an ecological bioeconomy strategy finally visible across the board.
UFOP has drawn attention to the EU Commission's and previous German government's proposals and measures for deforestation-free procurement.
The latter starts in the local field, the association emphasised, making reference to projects initiated and carried out by UFOP in cooperation with scientific and plant breeding experts.
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