The Statistics Office of the Slovak Republic (ŠÚ) estimates that this year's harvest of cereal crops in Slovakia will be 9.1 percent lower than in 2011. This means that farmers can expect to reap around 206,000 tonnes of grain less than last year. Despite a 7.4-percent increase in the area sown with crops, lower yields per hectare will result in a reduced harvest this year. Compared to last year, the expected yield per acre has fallen by almost 16 percent to 3.55 tonnes, the SITA newswire reported, citing the ŠÚ.
Wheat and barley, in particular, have suffered. In the case of wheat, the ŠÚ expects the harvest to be down by 202,000 tonnes, representing a 12.4-percent drop to 1.428.3 million tonnes. The estimated barley crop will be down 3 percent, reaching 509,200 tons, a drop of 15,800 tonnes compared to 2011. Meanwhile, the Statistics Office predicts a small increase in this year's crops of rye (up by 7,200 tonnes), oats (up by 3,000 tonnes), and triticale, a wheat and rye hybrid (up by about 2,300 tonnes).
In addition to cereal crops, the ŠÚ expects a significant fall – 32.2 percent – in the rapeseed crop, both winter and spring variety. Per-hectare yields down about 9.5 percent, at 2.09 tonnes, and a decline by more than a quarter in the sown area mean the agency is predicting a fall of 107,000 tonnes in the harvest. According to the Slovak Farm and Food Chamber (SPPK), farmers in some regions expect harvests to be down by as much as 20 percent. The commodity that has suffered most from the weather is rapeseed.
Compiled by Zuzana Vilikovská from press reports
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6. Jul 2012 at 10:00