KernAktuell July 2021, News

The 2021 apple harvest in Europe

The 2021 apple harvest in Europe

Late frost is particularly challenging in organic farming

This year, apple harvests across Europe are expected to differ widely on account of erratic weather conditions during the growth period. In May 2021 there were late frosts in parts of Austria, Italy, Hungary, Slovenia and Slovakia which have once again contributed to pre-harvest losses. Conventional apple farms will probably harvest between 15% and 20% less, but the losses in organic orchards are likely to be around 40%. Pre-harvest losses for some organic varieties (e.g. Topaz) are even higher. The percentage of frost damage on individual fruits is also higher. This presents as frost marks, russeting and smaller fruits.

There is currently little one can do other than wait and see what happens during the summer vegetation period – where there is also an increased risk of hail.

Europe-wide, however, harvests are likely to be average. As always, the final prices will not be clear until the end of the summer.


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