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Grafik zeigt Rückgang der europäischen Maisernte für die Saison 2022-23.


Europa kämpft mit Dürre

By Duncan Mil

September 14, 2022 - Europa hat seine Prognose für die Maisernte auf den niedrigsten Stand in drei Jahrzehnten gesenkt, Produktion in Ukraine, Frankreich und Rumänien ist gefallen, Ursache ist die schwerste Dürre seit 500 Jahren.

The hot, dry conditions have wreaked havoc, with most of the continent’s water-starved fields producing lower than expected yields.

The corn (maize) harvest will plummet by 24 per cent, from 115 million tonnes (Mt) in 2021 to 87.5Mt this year, according to the EU’s Monitoring Agricultural Resources unit (MARS).

“Water and heat stress periods partly coincided with the sensitive flowering stage and grain filling,” MARS reported. “This resulted in irreversibly lost yield potential.”

Production in Ukraine will plummet by almost 24 per cent, from 42Mt to 32Mt. French production of the staple grain used to feed chickens and pigs will fall 25 per cent to 11.7Mt, the lowest since 1990; its agriculture ministry said Tuesday (September 13, 2022). Fields in Romania, another large EU producer, have also suffered.

The plunge in production likely will boost the cost of feeding livestock herds. According to European Commission data, butter prices in the EU have surged 80 per cent in the year to July, with milk powder up more than 50 per cent and beef 28 per cent higher.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture said it expected the EU to overtake China as the world’s top corn buyer in the 2022-23 season.

PUBLISHED: 14/09/2022; STORY: Graphic News; PICTURES: Getty Images