In 2011 Slovakia’s production increased for all major oilseed crops with rapeseed up 10 percent, sunflower seeds up 46 percent, and soybeans up 75 percent.
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In 2011 Slovakia?s production increased for all major oilseed crops with rapeseed up 10 percent,
sunflower seeds up 46 percent, and soybeans up 75 percent.
Slovakia?s sunflower crop developed very well recording per hectare average yield of 2.45 MT almost
double that of the previous crop year, on near identical size of sown area. Growers in western Slovakia
expect to sell their crop to the Czech processing facility located in the town near border, Olomouc,
which has expanded its crush capacity in recent years.
Even though crop year 2011 rapeseed area was lower than in previous year, production increased due to
improved yield. Demand for rapeseed is increasing in response to growing demand for biofuels.
Imports are expected to increase to augment local supplies.
Soybean area and production, though marginal, is on the rise due to producer interest.
Crop Area Production
(Thousand Hectares) (Thousand MT)
Rapeseed 145 353
Soybeans 19 42
Sunflower 89 219
Source: Statistical Office of the Slovak Republic, www.statistics.sk
MY 2010/11 sunflower exports totaled 142 thousand MT, significantly exceeding the 2009/10 export
volume of 115 thousand MT. MY 2011/12 is expected to reflect further growth in sunflower export
In MY 2010/11, rapeseed imports jumped to 76 thousand MT, up from MY 2009/10 volume of 26
Slovak feeding sector depends on imported soybean meal to service demand which runs approximately
106 thousand MT per annum in recent years.