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Grain harvest begins in Latvia

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Baltic news, News from Latvia, BNN.LV, BNN-NEWS.COM, BNN-NEWS.RUThanks to especially favourable weather, grain harvest season in Latvia began slightly earlier than previously anticipated, as confirmed by interviewed managers of grain production cooperatives.

As noted by the head of Durbes grauds in Kurzeme and board member of Latvian Agricultural Cooperatives Association Sandris Beca, winter rapeseed harvest is intensively under way.

«The harvest is of good quality: above 3 tons per 1 ha, humidity is close to the norm – 8-9%. We have begun harvesting wheat as well, but it is still too soon to consider the quality,» – said Beca.

VAKS cooperative and LLKA Chairperson Indulis Jansons said their colleagues in Vidzeme and Latgale have begun wheat harvests.

«Early wheat was received in the first harvest in our Varaklanu office. Today we’ve received wheat in Valmiera. At the moment all we can say is wheat lacks protein, which is not all that good. We will wait and see how things develop. Meteorologists predict good weather for the next ten days, so we can expect news about grains in other regions,» – said Jansons.

Zemgale’s Latraps cooperative Director Edgars Ruza said rapeseed harvest is being carried out in Zemgale. Wheat harvests have only begun just recently.

«Rapeseed is fully prepared. Harvest is good – up to 4.5 tons per 1 ha. Wheat harvest has begun as well, but it has only just begun. Quality is currently on the level of animal feed. There is some good quality wheat as well. Current wheat harvest comes in close to 6 tons per 1 ha,» – said Ruza.

Last year’s grain harvest in Latvia reached an all-time record – 2.2 million tons. The average procurement price, on the other hand, continued to decline and was EUR 148.06 per 1 ton, which was the lowest price in the last four years.


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