Latvian potato plants doing poorly

Due to dry and hot weather in Latvia, potato plants have suffered greatly, said Māris Narvils, senior horticulture expert at the Latvian Rural Consulting and Education Center, LSM's Latvian-language service reported Friday.

Potatoes could still be salvaged, he added.

The situation is worse with fruit trees damaged by spring frosts. “There's no hope of a bountiful harvest there,” Narvils said.

“The situation is becoming more risky, as there has been no normal rain for more than a month and a half. Conditions are deteriorating rapidly, particularly in lighter soils. Heavier soils also crack. Considering that there was a long time of cold and frost, the situation is bad enough,” Narvils said.

Over the weekend, there will be no significant improvement with expected rain in some areas of Latvia.

“It may give some relief, but in general it will not be able to provide a radical improvement to humidity deficit and drought,” the expert said.

According to the information of the Latvian Environment, Geology and Metereology Center, from the beginning of May to the end of the first decade of June, rainfall has been the smallest in the history of observations – there are already extreme droughts all over Latvia.

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