German sugar production from beets is forecast to decline 3.1 percent on lower yields for the roots and a drop in planting, industry group Wirtschaftliche Vereinigung Zucker said.
Beet-sugar output is estimated to slip to 4.51 million metric tons this year from 4.65 million tons in the 2011-12 crop year, the Bonn-based group wrote in a statement dated yesterday on its website.
Germany is the European Union’s second-largest sugar-beet grower behind France, according to data from the bloc.
Crop yields are estimated at 70.1 tons of beets per hectare (2.47 acres) from 74.6 tons in 2011-12, while the sugar-beet area slipped to 393,667 hectares (972,751 acres) from 396,505 hectares, according to WVZ.
Total beet deliveries by growers are predicted to fall to 27.6 million tons from 29.6 million tons, with the average sugar content in the roots estimated at 18.3 percent from 18 percent a year earlier.