Total European soybean production in 2021 was already 9.5 million tons, 6.4 percent above the previous year. All of Europe has produced 9 460 082 tonnes of soybeans, the EU-27 have produced 2 665 918 tonnes.
In the EU the top 5 soy cultivation countries are Italy (300 000 hectares), France (160 000 hectares), Romania (149 000 hectares), Croatia (85 000 hectares), and Austria (76 000 hectares). However, the lion's share of European soy is grown in in the European part of Russia (1 665 000 hectares), Ukraine (1 390 000 hectares), and Serbia (250 000 hectares).
Through so-called "protein partnership programs", Donau Soja plans to further expand the certified soybean volume significantly. With these programs, mainly local farms in the non-EU Danube cultivation regions in southeastern Europe are supported in complying with the higher EU standards.
Soybean Prices Rise Significantly in Brazil, but Remain Stable in Europe
Feed products compounded from Non-GMO European soybeans are a building block for the Non-GMO sector – and at least partially mitigating price developments for overseas soybeans that are difficult to predict. Adverse weather conditions in Brazil have recently led to drastic price increases for the upcoming soybean harvest. However, the price of Non-GMO soybeans from Europe has remained stable.
Domestic Protein Crops as Soy Alternatives
Another possibility for Non-GMO production to reduce dependence on soy-based feed products is to use alternatives such as the domestic protein crop field bean in combination with sunflower seeds.