Europe experiences another below-average harvest of grasses and clovers seed
Oct. 13, 2017
Harvest weather was better in the Netherlands. But it came at the end of a long dry period that led to a low yield in perennial ryegrass.
In North America, the growers in the west have recorded a below-average grass yields. Further north in Canada, the harvest was poor for perennial ryegrass.
Early start to spring buying season
The spring buying season started early. Demand was high for turf and forage seed, March was a record month for our shipping department. Cold weather during the second half of April and early part of May brought the market to an early close. Nevertheless 2017 will be remembered as a good year for grass and clover consumption.
Increased demand for turf
Demand for turf seed has been good in both the professional and consumer markets. An improving economic situation, with more infrastructure and house-building projects, has driven demand for turf grasses. Even in Southern Europe, where economies are improving at a slower rate, demand was up for turf grass.
Seed shortages have driven prices up for smooth-stalked meadow grass and hard and tall fescue. Seed imports from the USA were low, held back by limited availability and an unfavourable USD exchange rate. And following the disappointing harvests in Denmark, the Netherlands and North America, the balance between supply and demand is tight.