Institute of

Farm Economics

Deputy Director


Kerstin Martens
Institute of Farm Economics

Bundesallee 63
38116 Braunschweig
Phone: +49 531 596 5102
Fax: +49 531 596 5199

Crop Production

Crop farming in South Africa
Crop farming in South Africa (© Thünen-Institut/Yelto Zimmer)

"Our daily bread….” - how is it produced and how much does it cost? Compared to 20 years ago, today German and European crop farmers face a much stronger global competition when they market cereals but also oilseeds and sugar. Therefore, it is important for policymakers, the public and entrepreneurs to know which consequences changes in the political, technological and legal framework have. We provide such analyses.

In our research we use technical and economic data of typical crop farms, which we collect in the context of the  agri benchmark network. This network is coordinated by the Thünen Institute and the non-profit company (gUG) global networks. Furthermore, we rely on data of official statistics, farm branch analyses of advisory services as well as the FADN network. Based on this data we analyse, among others, the following questions:

  1. Which global price relations between cereals and sugar can be expected due to on-farm competition among crops in the long run? What are the consequences for the competitiveness of the European sugar beet production?
  2. With which minimum yield and in which regions could the production of soybeans become profitable in Germany?
  3. How does the EU agricultural policy impact German arable farms?
  4. Which land tenure systems exist internationally and which consequences do they have on the economics of arable farming in general and on the economic relation between land lords and tenant when agricultural prices change?

Dossier - Russland, der neue Star auf globalen Maismärkten?

Wettbewerbsfähigkeit und Strukturwandel - Corn trailer

Zusätzliche Informationen zu Wettbewerbsfähigkeit und Strukturwandel finden Sie im Dossier.

Projects of Cash Crops