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Extremely low cherry yields in 2017 due to late frost

This picture shows a basket with cherries (© Renate Franke / pixelio.de)

Severe frosts during the blooming season at the end of April 2017 have led to substantial cherry harvest shortfalls in various regions.

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Cultivated blueberriesin 2016: larger area under cultivation, smaller quantity harvested

This picture shows blueberries (© Tim UR - Fotolia.com)

As in the previous years, more blueberries were cultivated in Germany in 2016. Compared with 2015, the outdoor area on which blueberries were cultivated increased by slightly more than 9% to 2,710 hectares. The Federal Statistical Office (Destatis) also reports that this was roughly one third of the total outdoor area under cultivation with bush berries in Germany. 

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Vegetables,
Strawberries

C O R R E C T I O N  from 20.07.2017: Asparagus harvest of 127,800 tonnes in 2017

This picture shows a bunch of asparagus (© panthermedia.net - Maria Kabus)

Due to sunshine and spring temperatures, the 2017 asparagus season in many regions of Germany started earlier than in the previous year. Despite the later cold spell, the asparagus harvest will be good. Based on a first estimate of the Federal Statistical Office (Destatis), the asparagus harvest is expected to yield approximately 127,800 tonnes in the whole of Germany.

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Organic vegetables
and fruit area

Cultivated areas up 7% for apples in 2017 from 2012

Apples are the most important tree fruit in Germany. They have been grown on approximately 34,000 hectares in 2017. That is a 7% increase from 2012 (31,700 hectares). Based on the results of the 2017 orchard survey, the Federal Statistical Office (Destatis) also reports that the total area covered by fruit trees in Germany totals almost 50,000 hectares. Compared with 2012, it increased by a good 4,300 hectares.

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10% of area under vegetable cultivation farmed organically in 2016

This picture shows a hand holding a bunch of carrots on a cultivated area (© Europäische Union, 1995-2014 )

In 2016, the organically farmed area represented 10% of the total area of vegetables grown outdoors in Germany. 12,400 hectares were farmed organically, which was an increase of 15% on 2015. The harvested quantities of organic outdoor vegetables rose by 18% to just under 284,000 tonnes in the same period.

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Tree nursery plants,
ornamental plants

Tree nurseries grew mostly alley and street trees in 2012

This picture shows several rows of young trees (© womue - Fotolia.com)

Ornamental trees and shrubs were grown on more than half of the tree nursery areas in Germany (53%) in 2012.

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Violets and tricolor pansies major bedding and balcony plants in 2012

This picture shows viola (© Dieter Hopf / pixelio.de)

A total of about 1.2 billion bedding and balcony plants as well as perennials were produced in 3,200 holdings throughout Germany in 2012. Violas (including, for instance, violets and tricolor pansies) accounted for the majority of these plants (285 million pieces).

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Horticulture

Horticulture 2016: markedly fewer holdings, larger utilised area

In 2016, 27,200 holdings cultivated well above 229,000 hectares of horticultural land in Germany. Based on the results of the 2016 census of horticulture, the Federal Statistical Office (Destatis) also reports that the number of holdings growing horticultural products fell by almost one quarter (-24%) from 35,700 to 27,200 compared with the 2010 census of agriculture.

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Additional Information

Key Figures

Apples2017563,890 t
Carrots2016641,628 t
Onions2016522,677 t
Straw­berries2017106,500 t
Aspa­ragus2017127,800 t
Plums/ damsons201719,868 t
Pears201722,638 t
Culti­vation of bush berries201636,095 t

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