World Wide Wheat: German growers had highest yields (and input costs) in a new study

Wheat yields per acre in Germany are twice as high as those on comparable American and Australian wheat farms, according to Purdue research analyzing top-producing grain operations around the world.

According to a Purdue professor, all the farms studied exhibited a positive average economic profit from 2018 to 2022. The study included American wheat farms in Kansas and North Dakota; European farms in Germany, and Poland; as well as wheat operations in Australia.

The German farms in the study had the highest average yields of all countries, which harvested 118.1 bushels per acre. By comparison, North Dakota wheat operations averaged 52.8 bushels per acre, and Kansas averaged 45.8 bushels per acre. The Australian wheat operations surveyed had the lowest average yield with 28.9 bushels per acre.

Gross revenue per acre was also substantially higher for European farms (in Germany and Poland), but those producer input costs were also higher for those countries than other top-producing countries.

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