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Final harvest estimate 2021

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Final harvest estimate 2021

As a result of the bad weather conditions last summer, large yield decreases were recorded for winter wheat and spelt, -11% each. Due to the fact that there was an area increase for both crops, the fall in production of winter wheat was less significant (-6% or -93,727 tonnes) and there was even a production increase for spelt of 6% or +9,904 tonnes.

2021 was a good maize year in terms of production. Despite the decrease in area for grain maize of -7%, production increased by 12% thanks to good yields. The area for green maize was slightly higher than in 2020, i.e. +0.85%, but here too production increased by +12%. In 2021, 60,594 tonnes more grain maize and 848,001 tonnes more green maize were produced.

Sugar beet production fell by -5% or -234,008 tonnes, due to both a reduction in area (-3%) and in yield (-2%).

Despite the decrease in area of 7.6% for potatoes, the production decrease due to the good yield (+6.7%), was limited to -1.5% or -57,437 tonnes in 2021.

Following the disappointing yields for flax in 2020, less flax was sown (-16%). In 2021, yield increased by +27% but this was not enough to reach the yield level of 2019. This increase still allowed for a production increase of 7% or +5,342 tonnes.

The production of rapeseed decreased by -5% or 1,490 tonnes. This decrease was entirely due to the yield decrease of 7%.

 

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Remarks:

The number of holdings in Belgium that produce for sales has increased by 0.7 %. This is due to more flexibility on the definition of active farmers in 2018, on the one hand, and to a further refinement of Statbel's agricultural register, on the other hand. This results in an increase of the agricultural area and in the number of bovine animals and pigs.

The large increase of the surface area for mixes of leguminous plants in Wallonia is due to the distinction made as of 2018 between mixes of cereals and leguminous plants, on the one hand (classified under other cereals) and mixes of leguminous plants and cereals, on the other hand (classified under mixes of leguminous plants). Until 2017, this division did not exist. The whole surface area was classified under other cereals. This also results in a decrease of the surface area for other cereals in Wallonia.

In 2018, there was a break in the trend for poultry. We can see a large increase. This is because until 2017, holdings did not have to report any poultry when farming was suspended for health reasons. They had to report the number of animals present on 15 October. If the poultry house was empty on that day, they had no animals. From 2018 onwards, holdings with empty poultry houses for health reasons (cleaning or disease outbreak) have to report the number of animals that were present before farming was suspended.

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Remarks:

The number of holdings in Belgium that produce for sales has increased by 0.7 %. This is due to more flexibility on the definition of active farmers in 2018, on the one hand, and to a further refinement of Statbel's agricultural register, on the other hand. This results in an increase of the agricultural area and in the number of bovine animals and pigs.

The large increase of the surface area for mixes of leguminous plants in Wallonia is due to the distinction made as of 2018 between mixes of cereals and leguminous plants, on the one hand (classified under other cereals) and mixes of leguminous plants and cereals, on the other hand (classified under mixes of leguminous plants). Until 2017, this division did not exist. The whole surface area was classified under other cereals. This also results in a decrease of the surface area for other cereals in Wallonia.

In 2018, there was a break in the trend for poultry. We can see a large increase. This is because until 2017, holdings did not have to report any poultry when farming was suspended for health reasons. They had to report the number of animals present on 15 October. If the poultry house was empty on that day, they had no animals. From 2018 onwards, holdings with empty poultry houses for health reasons (cleaning or disease outbreak) have to report the number of animals that were present before farming was suspended.