“Next year, the sowing area for EU cereals is expected to be stable compared to last year whilst for oilseeds it is forecast to decline. There is also still 1 million ha which are not in production and with an expected low carryover from this marketing year2010/2011, the stability of the next marketing year 2011/2012 will be challenged by the winter weather conditions.
This year's European Union cereals harvest was 277m tonnes, a 12m tonne decrease on last year.
Looking ahead to the 2011/2012 marketing year, it sees wheat production likely to increase by only one percent compared to 2010/2011. Cereal plantings overall will be only 0.3 percent higher.