Deputy Director


Kerstin Martens
Institute of Farm Economics

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

Crop: production systems und their economics


Traffic lanes through wheat field (c) fotolia/AKS
Traffic lanes through wheat field (© fotolia/AKS)

Crop: production systems und their economics - international competitiveness, technology-related research, policy impact assessment

Policy makers very often are faced with the challenge to access the implications of changes in the political, legal or technological framework conditions on arable production. This may for example referr to the ban of individual crop protection products. This project is providing ready-to-use answers to such questions - both on the national as well as on the international level.

Background and Objective

Provision of analysis regarding competetivnes of cash crop farming with special emphasis on agricultural and environmental policy, technological options and changes in ag trade policy. This way policy makers will be enabled to better assess the implications of interventions to political goals with regard to agriculture, technology and trade.


Based on an intensive exchange with decission makers in policy, agriculture and agribusiness relevant topics are identified.

Data and Methods

This project is based on farm economics figures which are being generated in the course of agri benchmark Cash Crop. This data is used to calculate the economics of (a) crop-specific production systems and/or respective farms.

Preliminary Results

Zimmer Y  2010  Latin America: Also in future the powerhouse in soybeans. In: Zimmer Y.  editor . Cash Crop report 2010, Braunschweig: TI, page 14-19

Hu Xiangdong, Zimmer Y  2012  Farm economics behind the evolution of Chinese rapeseed production, in: International Journal of Agricultural Management, vol. 2, issue 1, page 1-8

Walther S  2014  Determinants of competitiveness of agroholdings and independent farms in Ukrainian arable production, Thünen Institut, Braunschweig

de Witte T, Strohm K, Wildegger B, Garming H, Dirksmeyer W, Deblitz C, Menghi A, de Rost K, Bölling D  2013  Assessing farmers~ costs of compliance with EU legis-lation in the fields of environment, animal welfare and food safety; interim report Nr. 5; 6; final report; EU-Kommission; unveröffentlicht

agri benchmark Cash Crop Reports  2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011

Plankl R., Weingarten P, Nieberg H, Zimmer Y, Isermeyer F, Krug J, Haxsen G  2010  Quantifizierung gesellschaftlich gewünschter, nicht marktgängiger Leistungen der Landwirtschaft. Arbeitsbericht 01, vTI-Agrarökonomie, Braunschweig

Zimmer, Y (2013): Isoglucose – how significant is the threat to the EU sugar industry?, in: Sugar Industry 138 (2013) No. 12, p. 770 – 777


Involved Thünen-Partners

Involved external Thünen-Partners


Permanent task 1.2006 - 12.2024

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Projekt type:
Project status: ongoing

Publications to the project

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  1. Witte T de, Meyer K (2017) Alternativen zum Stoppelweizen. Ratg Pflanzenbau Techn:4-5
  2. Witte T de, Dehler M (2017) Die Suche nach Plan B. DLG Mitt 132(9):15-21
  3. Schulte M, Witte T de, Kühlmann T, Theuvsen L (2017) Ökonomische Bewertung eines Glyphosatverzichts auf einzelbetrieblicher Ebene. Jb Österr Gesellsch Agrarökon J Austrian Soc Agric Econ 26:147-156, DOI:10.24989/OEGA.JB.26.16
  4. Volckens F, Stute F, Witte T de (2016) Chicago vor dem Hoftor. Agrarmanager 27(9):30-33
  5. Lütkenhaus S, Deike S, Witte T de (2016) Was "kosten" Leguminosen? DLG Mitt 131(12):26-28

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