The German sugar association raises its production forecasts for this season

HAMBURG, November 17 (Reuters)German production of refined sugar from beets in the 2021/22 season is expected to reach around 4.48 million tonnes from 4.10 million tonnes last season, its sugar industry association WVZ said in its comments. latest crop forecast.

This is an increase from 4.38 million tonnes of its first forecast in September.

German farmers planted around 354,000 hectares of sugar beets for the new harvest, up from around 350,000 hectares last season, the association said.

In the new 2021/22 season, 28.97 million tonnes of beets are expected to be delivered to sugar factories for processing, up from 25.72 million tonnes last season.

Average beet crop yields are estimated at 81.8 tonnes per hectare, up from 73.3 tonnes last season.

The average sugar content of beets this season is estimated at 17.5%, compared to 17.9% last season.

German sugar beets benefited from the rains during the summer growing season this year, but a rainy autumn, where sun is needed to promote sugar content, was detrimental to beet development.

(Reporting by Michael Hogan; Editing by Jan Harvey)

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