A hot, dry summer can curb the harvest of sugar beet in the EU

  • A hot, dry summer can curb the harvest of sugar beet in the EU
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    Scorching weather apparently of farmland across Northern Europe, also stressed plants of sugar beet and can push crop yields in the EU are much below the levels of last year bumper.
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Scorching weather apparently of farmland across Northern Europe, also stressed plants of sugar beet and can push crop yields in the EU are much below the levels of last year bumper.

The Executive power of the EU is already projected to drop in sugar production in 2018/19, after heavy rains delayed spring planting and a hot summer in the TOP producing countries France, Germany, Poland and the UK could make the drop steeper.

But with about a month left of the growing season, the cultivation of sugar beet can be restored, if it is more milder temperatures and rain, which broke last week’s heat, observers say harvest.

In France, a group of producers TSGB currently expect income on average in recent years.

“The condition of plants is very diverse, so it is difficult to make predictions,” CGB on Timot Masson said. “But we will not reach last year’s level.”

Technical Institute of sugar beet ITB lowered the French sugar crop forecast last week to 13.6 tons per hectare (t/ha), which is 0.3 t/ha compared to the previous month and amounted to 16 C/ha last year, stressing that non-irrigated crops suffered from hot, dry July.


Sugar beet plant seen in the field in the vis-EN-Artois, France, 13 August 2018. Reuters/Pascal Rossignol

Acreage in France close to last year’s level on 484,000 hectares, according to the Ministry of agriculture.

In TSGB also expected that in the whole of the EU to return to the comparison with indicators of last years, which will lead to lower yield of sugar unit at 1.5-2 million tonnes from just over 21 million in 2017/18, added Masson.

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Likely, the decline may be desirable for the EU producers caught a large global surplus and falling prices, immediately after increased supplies of profit with the end of EU quotas a year ago.

“There won’t be the same need for Europe to look for export destinations, we will be able to focus on domestic demand,” said Masson.

TOO EARLY TO CALL THE HARVEST

In Germany, it is too early to foresee weather effects, Stefan said Lehner, Deputy Chairman of the management Board of the German sugar industry Association WVZ.

“First, the beets seemed to cope with the heat better than other crops, but since July, they have also suffered greatly. However, it seems that the damage from dryness will vary from region to region,” said Lehner.

The Association expects that acreage will be little changed from last year, 385,000 hectares.

In Poland, the effects of hot, dry weather is also very different, said Rafal Strachota, Director of the Polish Association of sugar beet producers’ KZPB.

“There are areas where the size of the beets is much lower than the average, but there are regions where they are high weight and high sugar content”.

Polish farmers this year planted about 235 000 hectares of sugar beet, lightly 2017 and can start harvesting in late August.

British farms also suffered from the harsh summer weather.

“Like most agricultural crops, sugar beet was affected by exceptionally dry and warm conditions this summer,” said Colm McKay, agriculture Director of British sugar, refusing to give forecasts of the crop.

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