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Swiss producers struggle with the weather

Harvesting operations are more difficult due to the wet soils. however, quality is good and the changeover to new harvesting is being carried out everywhere, says Swisspatat.

Many parts of Switzerland have seen heavy rains in recent weeks, and the wet soils are preventing or hampering harvesting operations. The quality of the crop is good, with individual exceptions, but yields tend to be below average. Due to the hot weather and the Covid19 loosenings, not only supply but also demand has been rather restrained in recent weeks.

Within the retail trade, the changeover to new-caliber merchandise will be completed for all lines next week. Due to the irregular calibers, these will be left at 25 mm+ for all lines.

To ensure that quality is still guaranteed at the point of sale, producers are urged to consult with their customers before harvesting and to ensure that skin strength is sufficient. To prevent impact damage and to avoid damaging the tender skin of early potatoes, the greatest care must continue to be taken during harvest.

Cherry crop destroyed by hail
Marinello posted pictures on Instagram of destroyed cherries to show the 'carnage' left by the hail. "We are saving what can be saved."

"Instead of fields, I now have lakes"
Because of the thunderstorms occurring between Monday evening and Tuesday morning, about 110 damage reports were received in the canton of Thurgau. They mainly concerned flooded cellars or garages. But the farmers' fields have suffered from the thunderstorms as well, reports Swiss Radio Top Live.

Photo: Gemüse Erzeuger Seeland

Challenges for vegetable producers
Gemüse Erzeuger Seeland reports similarly. "The work of the last weeks is just gone; whole vegetable fields are gone. Destroyed by wind, rain and hail." At the same time, they appeal to the consumer: "These pictures are from the Seeland and next time you buy vegetables, remember the work behind them and that not everything has to be perfect all the time."

For more information:
Swisspatat
CH-3001 Bern
Tel: +41 31 385 36 50 
Fax: +41 31 385 36 58
Web: https://www.kartoffel.ch/ 
E-Mail: info@swisspatat.ch 

Marinello
Web: marinello.ch

Gemüse Erzeuger Seeland
Web: gemueseerzeuger.ch


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