In Germany, UFOP reports that in the EU-28, an estimated area of 6.8 million hectares is planted with winter rapeseed for the 2018 harvest. This translates to a more than 80,000 ha rise from 2017.
The development of rapeseed area is very different in the different EU member states. According to Agrarmarkt Informations-Gesellschaft (mbH), German and Polish production may decline compared to the previous year due to winter kill losses in eastern Germany and western Poland and poor conditions at the time of sowing in North Germany. Also, the rapeseed area in Denmark is seen to remain significantly below the year-ago level. By contrast, farmers in France and Romania expanded their rapeseed hectarages because of the profitability of area. The Romanian rapeseed area has been on a steady rise for several years. It is set to exceed the five-year mean by more than 50 per cent in 2018. The majority of EU-28 cultivation areas have hardly suffered any crop damage because the winter was mild in most parts of the Union.