Harvest shows effects of weather across europe

As harvest progresses across Europe, some consequences of the unsettled spring and summer are beginning to show.

Hot, dry weather in the east damaged crops, reducing output, while in the west, rainfall hit crop quality and yields, particularly in France and Germany.

Most French wheat is cut, apart from some northern regions. Poor harvest weather means specific weights are low. Wheat output is estimated at 32.9m tonnes, 1.8m tonnes below July’s figure.

The German harvest has again been delayed by rainfall. Yield and quality are disappointing in the north, and variable in the south. Output is estimated below 20m tonnes, 10% down on the year.

The Danish winter barley harvest is complete. Yields are 5-10% below normal. About half the winter wheat has been cut, with acceptable quality, but reduced yields.

The Czech statistics office has raised its 2007 grain crop to 6.2m tonnes, 8% above last season. Average wheat yields are estimated at 4.7t/ha, slightly up on last year, putting production at 3.7m tonnes.

By the HGCA’s Mike Mendelsohn

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