Grain harvest in Latvia 'well below average', says expert

This year, grain harvests vary greatly in different places of Latvia, but average yields are well below average, the head of the Latvian Rural Consultation and Education Centre's crop division, Oskars Balodis, told Latvian Radio August 30.

In terms of quality, cereals overall grew well this year. However, weather conditions played an important role during harvesting: a storm with hail and rain interfered. Consequently, crops that are ripe but not harvested lose quality on the field over time.

In terms of harvest volumes, it is relatively difficult to say average figures this year, because the situation is very different in Latvia. Balodis said that even on one farm, yields in different fields tend to vary greatly. Overall, though, cereal yields are judged to be well below average this year.

In addition, there is still summer barley on the field, along with oats and summer wheat. As it is still raining, the quality of the harvest is lost on a daily basis.

However, grain supply for Latvia's demand should not be a concern, because Latvia produces grain significantly more than it can eat.

“In the meantime, it's the best time to sow winter crops,” added Balodis.

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