KernAktuell July 2021, News
Oilseed pumpkin farming in Austria and Eastern Europe in 2021
More fields, difficult growing period
The first flowering of the pumpkins in the middle of June clearly showed that the 2021 harvests would depend largely on when exactly the pumpkins were sown. Weather conditions during this season were challenging, because the air (and hence the soil) were cooler than normal. Many farmers held back with planting their crops, delaying it until May. The issue with the cooler temperatures was further compounded by heavy rainfall, which proved particularly detrimental for the fragile pumpkin seeds. With poor crop emergence and a high proportion of fallow ground that was replanted late (well into the first half of June), the course of vegetation is impossible to predict.
Crops that were planted earlier emerged better and continued to develop satisfactorily in May. Lower Austria and Upper Austria were particularly affected by poor crop emergence. In Styria, most crops were planted in April, and developed better as a result.
In Eastern Europe, pumpkin crops developed worse than average on account of the weather conditions in May.
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