Oilseeds Update

An Expert's View about Agriculture and Animal Husbandry in Slovakia

Posted on: 22 Nov 2011

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.

THIS REPORT CONTAINS ASSESSMENTS OF COMMODITY AND TRADE ISSUES MADE BY USDA STAFF AND NOT NECESSARILY STATEMENTS OF OFFICIAL U.S. GOVERNMENT POLICY Voluntary Public - Date: 10/26/2011 GAIN Report Number: LO1105 Slovakia Post: Prague Oilseeds Update Slovakia Report Categories: Oilseeds and Products Agriculture in the News Approved By: Michael Henney Prepared By: Jana Mikulasova Report Highlights: 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. General Information: 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 trade. In MY 2010/11, rapeseed imports jumped to 76 thousand MT, up from MY 2009/10 volume of 26 thousand MT. Slovak feeding sector depends on imported soybean meal to service demand which runs approximately 106 thousand MT per annum in recent years.
Posted: 22 November 2011

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