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Winter wheat on 54% of the area under grain cultivation in 2017

With a 54% proportion of the total area under grain cultivation, winter wheat again clearly tops the list of grain cultivated in 2017.

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Autumn sowing for 2017 harvest: cultivation of winter grain remains constant

This photo shows farmland (sprouting grain - © martin33 - Fotolia.com)

In autumn 2016, farmers in Germany sowed winter grain on 5.34 million hectares of land for the next harvest of 2017. The Federal Statistical Office (Destatis) reports that the area cultivated with winter grain for the 2017 harvest has remained almost unchanged compared with the relevant area in 2016 (–0.8%).

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Grassland

Grassland 2016: harvests almost 9 % higher than in 2015

The estimated harvest amounts of permanent pasture together (pastures and meadows) have increased compared to the year 2015. In 2016 30.8 million tons of dry matter were estimated, in 2015 there were 28.3 million tons (+ 8.9 %).

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Utilised agricultural area: more than a quarter is permanent grassland

In 2016, about 4.7 million hectares are used as permanent grassland in Germany. This means that the share of grassland in the utilised agricultural area amounts to almost 28 %.

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Additional Information

Key Figures

Cereals20166,454,100 ha
Maize20162,560,700 ha
Sugar beet2016334,500 ha
Potatoes2016235,500 ha
Peas201686,500 ha
Rape20161,334,100 ha
Mea­dow and pastu­res20164 ,507,000 ha

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