Friday, August 4, 2017

"EU Wheat Harvest Goes to the Pigs"

I'm too lazy to run the numbers but gut instinct says feeding the pigs is a higher use than brewing fuel ethanol as Ensus in England was trying to do.*
From AgWeb;
Pigs and cows in Germany may be feasting more on wheat this year as heavy rains threaten the harvest for the European Union’s second-biggest producer.
Germany is a major grower of high-protein wheat that’s essential for the country’s traditional flavors of darker, heavier bread. But this year, weeks of rain before the harvest mean that more of the crop will be less suitable for bakers and used only as livestock feed.

"The wheat quality so far is worse than last year and worse compared to 2015," said Bernhard Chilla, an analyst at Agravis Raiffeisen AG, one of the country’s top grain collectors.

As much as 40% of all German wheat will be used for animal fodder this year, double the usual level, according to estimates from Agravis and researcher Agriculture Market Information Co.
German farmers, like their European counterparts, have been dealing with all kinds of weather this year. First came prolonged dryness during winter in many areas, then cool conditions in spring and a heat wave in June. In July, rains hit the country and have continued into this month.

The mix of growing conditions means crop yields are likely to be diverse, according to BayWa AG. Hot and dry weather in June led to smaller-than-normal wheat kernels, curbing the test weight and increasing protein content, according to Agravis’s Chilla. Wet weather in the past days is another reason for quality concerns, he said.

Animal Feed
Feed wheat typically has a lower weight and lower falling number, meaning the bread doesn’t rise well during baking. The protein content in livestock feed is also less than levels for wheat used for flour milling....MORE
*Aug. 5, 2013
In a few areas wheat and corn are interchangeable/substitutable. In Teesside* England there are some corporate morons trying to make industrial ethanol from wheat....

...Older and/or more informed readers may remember Teesside as the spot that North Sea natural gas came ashore and the place Enron built their big co-gen plant.
**Back in 2007 our headline was "Making Ethanol from Wheat is Stupid" followed by:
Increasing possibility' of Ensus plant reopening....
After ten years of false starts, in June of this year with wheat prices down and ethanol prices up it became definitive, the £240 million plant, bought by CropEnergies in 2013 for £11.6 million reopened. It can gobble up a million tonnes of wheat to produce 400 million liters of booze and 350,000 tonnes of animal feed from the leftover distillers grains.