"Terremerse develops cultivation programmes together with the Fruttagel cooperative and the product is collected according to a fixed price cultivation contract. In 2013, sowing was impeded by the weather in spring, as it was not possible to access the fields for a number of weeks," explains Egidio Mordenti.
"In particular, peas were sowed only on 57% of the land. Yields were in line with the average of previous years and had a good quality. The sowing of beans and Borlotti beans was more regular, yields were in line with previous years and the quality was good. Spinach was sowed on 67% of the land because of a rainy spring, yields were above average and the quality was good."
"Potato sowing was carried out 30-45 days late because it rained a lot in March, and it ended in May. Fewer hectares were sowed than in 2012 (-8%) but yields - a little less than 40 tonnes/ha - were similar to 2012, a very dry year. The quality is discrete."
"Quotations were 20% higher than 2012: according to the Borsa Patate di Bologna, we are talking about €0.30/kg for 45-75 grades against €0.25 in 2012. The prices of packaged potatoes are in line with quotations, so it should be a good year."
"The sowing of onions during what would be the ideal month (March) was completed only on 20-25% of the hectares, whereas the rest was sowed between April and May. March yields were good, even above 50 tonnes/ha, whereas the later ones were around 30 tonnes/ha and even reached 25 tonnes."
"The quality is rather good. Prices are satisfying but they won't compensate for lower yields."
"Microirrigation had a very positive effect on both potatoes and onions," Mordenti points out.
"Cultivated areas in the Northern part have diminished by 14% with respect to 2012 and this crop was also affected by the weather in spring, as transplants could not be carried out according to the initial plan."
"Then there were strong hailstorms in the area and in particular in the Mezzano area, in the Ravenna province. The production of more than 100 hectares was destroyed. The total yield of the cooperative was of around 68 ton/ha," concludes Egidio Mordenti.