Average grain harvest slightly better than last year's

This season's average grain harvest is still below the average of the last four years, but there was some improvement from last year, the Slovak Farm and Food Chamber (SPPK) reports.

As of August 13, Slovak farmers harvested grain crops from more than 98 percent of the 628,700-hectare area they sowed, according to the SPPK. Chamber spokesman Stanislav Nemec said the average harvest per hectare is currently 3.66 tons.

"The situation is a little better than last year, but it is probably two percent behind the average of last four years," Nemec said.

The average harvest per hectare of rapeseed was the biggest disappointment to farmers. The initial projection for the harvest was 2.8 tonnes per hectare. Later, they reduced this to 2.4 tonnes, and they had to settle for 2.17 tonnes per hectare in the end. This is as much as 15 percent below the average for the last four years.

Nemec said only 0.6 percent of the sown area of wheat remains to be harvested. Its average harvest per hectare is 4.01 tonnes per hectare as of now, which is up by four percent froma year ago, but because this result was still below average, farmers are not satisfied.

- SITA

Compiled by Zuzana Vilikovská from press reports
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