Catch crop: Three questions to seeds experts
This year, the new greening regulations are a large topic among agriculturists. The sowing of catch crop must be completed by 1 October 2015 for it to be recognised within the scope of the greening measure. Marc Möller, seed expert at AGRAVIS Raiffeisen AG draws a first conclusion.
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How do you summarise the situation before 1 October?
Möller: On 17 July, a trade magazine published a survey of the federal states' ministries of agriculture, which among others reported a planned catch crop area of 238,000 hectare for Lower Saxony. At that point in time, a very large spread existed between demanded quantities and hectare planning. Once the barley harvest had been completed, a run for different mixtures started, which greatly challenged retail to make available the commodity in the desired composition at the desired time.
Did they experience any shortages?
Möller: In the course of the season, shortages arose due to the second or third component of the mixture, for example products such as Guizotia abyssinica (ramtilla), Phacelia or black oats (Avena strigosa), which could only be covered by the new harvest.
What is the situation like now, shortly before the closing date for sowing?
Möller: Towards the end of the season it was not possible to satisfy all requests due to the current availability of the different components. Here it was necessary to lower our sights as far as product diversity is concerned. However, in principle all requests have as far as possible been met.