Silage corn harvest starts in mid-September
The storms in Germany over the last few week delayed the harvesting process in many place. Friedrich Niemeyer, grain dealer at AGRAVIS Niedersachsen-Süd GmbH, summarises the grain harvest in the region from Vienenburg to Niedernstöcken, from Oebisfelde to Holzminden.
Mr Niemeyer, what is the current situation of the harvest in your area?
Niemeyer: For the AGRAVIS area of Niedersachsen-Süd the harvest has still not been completed. Overall, the harvest process has been going on since 4 July. A particular challenge this year has been recording the wheat with its different qualities. For example, the damp goods have to be separated from the dry goods.
How have the weather conditions of the last few weeks impacted on qualities?
Niemeyer: Barley, rye, triticale and rapeseed have been harvested in our region without great quality problems. Only a small proportion of the rye had to be harvested only as rye for feed because the falling number for the milling was no longer sufficient.
We have harvested wheat in all quality levels, although the protein content and the bulk density were frequently on the threshold – sometimes also slight below. The quality deteriorated, especially towards the end of the wheat harvest. Regionally, between 10 and 20 percent was harvested with a falling number that is no longer acceptable to the milling industry. This wheat can only be used for the animal feed industry.
What to the maize fileds currently look like? When is the harvest expected to start?
Niemeyer: At the moment, it looks as though there will be a good silage maize harvest in the area of operation. Developments on the markets will show whether a bigger grain maize harvest will be ready for marketing. It is there that the use that has the highest contribution margin for the grower is decided. We are currently forecasting that the harvest for silage maize will begin from the 38th calendar week. But the weather over the coming days and weeks will also be crucial here.