Sugar beet harvest in Franconia: "We simply lack the water"
Thursday, August 11, 2022
Sugar beet is a culture that can cope with dry phases, says Johannes Menth, chairman of the Association of Franconian Sugar Beet Farmers (Verbands Fränkischer Zuckerrübenbauer). But this year, he expects yields on average about a third less than in "normal" years. "According to the current status, we also have a few farmers who have almost total failures," says Menth. The effects of drought vary greatly from region to region. Where a little rain has arrived in recent weeks and months or the soils are better, the condition of the beets is a little better. "At the moment, however, the beets are suffering a lot, we simply lack the water," says Menth. Such extreme drought periods usually occurred every 10 – 15 years before the 2000s. Meanwhile, it is more and more often too hot and above all too dry.Click here to connect to the source of this storyClick here for more News and Views
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