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The German Farmers' Union DBV report that this season's winter barley harvest is virtually complete, with yields nationwide down by 8%. Most of the crop was harvested before the recent arrival of rain, meaning that moisture levels came in at around a nice dry 14%. Bushel weights are highly variable, from 57-74 Kg/hl, but mostly averaging 63-68 kg/hl. Local prices are running at EUR120-140/tonne, they report. The spring barley harvest is only just beginning, and early harvest indications are that yields will be 10-15% down on last year.

The winter wheat harvest has really only just begun in many places, with overall yields expected to fall by 10-15% on last season. The arrival of recent rains may lead to further yield losses it is feared, they say. Again highly variable bushel weights are being reported at 66-80 kg/hl.

The OSR harvest is also underway, being most advanced in Rhineland on the light soils of Lower Saxony, Westphalia, Saxony-Anhalt and Brandenburg where about three-quarters of the crop has been harvested. Results show an anticipated yield loss of 12% on last season, with oil content generally ranging 40-44%. Producer prices are around EUR320-360/tonne, they say.

The corn crop remains well behind normal development due to the June/early July heat and drought, although the recent rains will have improved the situation. Even so below average yields are still expected.

First cut silage suffered at the hands of a cold wet spring, with quality and quantity both reduced. Second cut was badly affected by the ensuing heat, they say.