Lack of rain in the growth phase has led to gloomier prospects for Thuringian potato farmers. "Because it has not rained properly in Central Germany since May, we expect a below-average harvest," said chairman of the Förderverein Heichelheimer Kartoffel, Dietmar Barthel, in an interview. Therefore, smaller tubers with a diameter of less than 35 millimeters in particular are to be expected. "In terms of taste, these are certainly very good," says Barthel.
Barthel starts from about 30,000 tons of potatoes that have been taken out of the ground. "The fact is, the previous year was extremely dry and there was a bad harvest nationwide." In the large production areas in Bavaria or Lower Saxony, a relatively normal harvest is foreseeable, said Barthel. According to information from the State Office for Statistics, last year's Thuringian harvest witnessed a strong underperformance of around 48,600 tonnes on just under 1,600 hectares of arable land.
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