Rain makes harvest difficult in parts of Europe
31 - 10 - 2017
In general, harvesting went smoothly in Belgium; however other European countries had a more difficult time.
The European Commission's Joint Research Centre (JRC) reports that the potato harvest is difficult in parts of the EU.
In the south-west of the Netherlands, growers are having serious problems with rot in their potatoes due to the large quantities of rainfall. The soil could not process the copious amounts of rain, resulting in many ridges being washed flat and a lot of greenery.
Neither has Eastern Europe been free of problems. In Poland, the heavens have been releasing an abundance of rain for two months now. With the exception of the last week of September, it has rained nearly every day for the last two months. There was three times more precipitation than usual. JRC expects potato rot. The yield per hectare will not be above an average of 22 tons. That is at least 23% less than last year, and 7.4% below the five-year average.
In Southern Europe and North Africa on the other hand, it is too dry and farmers are waiting for it to rain before sowing winter cereal crops.