Magdeburg (dpa/sa) - In Saxony-Anhalt, the grain harvest is in full swing. Some farms have now also started harvesting wheat, typically on the less strong soils, as the Saxony-Anhalt Farmers' Association announced on Wednesday. According to the information, the first yields there are around 10 quintals per hectare below the already poor expectations. The coming weeks would show if the yields are higher on the stronger soils. Therefore, there is still hope that the end result of this year's winter wheat harvest will be above the first figures, said a spokesman for the association.
The dry weather has given farmers good harvesting conditions so far. At the same time, the drought also meant that the cautious forecasts for the harvest came true in many places, according to the farmers' association. Only in the south of Saxony-Anhalt were some farms able to bring in average yields of winter barley. In the Anhalt area and in the Altmark, on the other hand, the yields are lower. Mixed qualities were also reported nationwide. According to the association, there have been reduced yields of winter rape in all regions, which can be attributed to the persistent drought. In the Altmark and the Anhalt area, yields are expected to be somewhat higher than in the central and southern regions. Again, the ongoing drought is the biggest factor. Rapeseed flea infestation also has a negative impact on the harvest.