In 2020, Slovenian agricultural production resulted in a better early potato output than the year before. Early potato producers were growing this crop on a larger area than in 2019. The total output in 2020 was 10,499 tons, or +20% y-o-y. With 21.9 tons per hectare, the yield was also better than in 2019.
According to the yield forecast as of 31 July 2020, this year's late potato output is expected to be about 30% larger than last year's (73,946 tons). The average yield should be 30.7 tons per hectare, 18% better than the ten-year average.
Cherry output excellent, apricot output not
Apricot producers harvested 469 tons of apricots, which is about a half of last year's record-breaking output. The average yield of apricots was 5.7 tons per hectare, 27% lower than the ten-year average. In extensive orchards, too, this year's output was worse than last year's.
The total output of strawberries in 2020 was 2,335 tons and thus 20% larger than in 2019. The average yield was 16.4 tons per hectare.
The 2020 cherry output was very good. This year's output (1,887 tons) was 177% larger than last year's, when cherry orchards were affected by unfavourable weather conditions. The average yield of cherries in orchard plantations was 9.2 tons per hectare or 39% above the ten-year average. Cherry output was also good in extensive orchards. The total output was 4,345 tons or 101% larger than a year earlier.
At 64 tons, the output of sour cherries in orchard plantations was 5 % smaller than in 2019. The average yield of sour cherries was 8.4 tons per hectare. This year sour cherries in extensive orchards did better than last year. The total output was 431 tons or 39% larger than in 2019.
Output of peaches and nectarines expected to be smaller
Statistical data on the yield forecast predict a smaller output of peaches and nectarines than in the previous year. The average yield should be 7.7 tons per hectare and the total output 1,897 tons.
Marketscreener.com reports that, according to the yield forecast as of 31 July 2020, the average yield of blueberries should be 6.4 tons per hectare and the total output about 7% larger than in the previous year.