Corn on the rise
The increasing popularity of sweetcorn in Poland has brought about a growth of the acreage of farmland where the plant is cultivated. This year, the area on which sweetcorn is cultivated reached 600,000 hectares, or 13% more than in the previous year.
Plentiful harvest, stable purchasing prices and demand from fodder, alcohol and biofuel production industries encourage more and more agricultural producers to invest in corn. According to expert forecast, this year 2.5 million tonnes of the resource will be used for forage manufacturing (compared to 2.2 million tonnes in 2012), while other sectors will consume c. 670,000 tonnes (420,000 tonnes in 2012).
The record-breaking popularity of sweetcorn in Poland is a part of a global trend. International Grains Council expects 943 million tonnes of the crop to be harvested globally in 2013/2014 season, which means 9% more than in 2012. The total EU corn harvest is estimated at 64 million tonnes. The figure is 11% higher than in 2012. The growth stems from improvements in planning and good weather conditions.