At the cooperative of the Audomarois marshes, nearly 3 million cauliflowers are usually produced each year. But this time, there will be 500,000 fewer cauliflowers harvested.
The rain that has fallen on the north of France since mid-June (200 mL of water or three times the average) has caused significant losses for the producers. On some plots, up to 30% of the cauliflowers planted will not be harvested.
Farmer Olivier Brietz explains that “the cauliflower is drowned by the water so it will not be possible to harvest it.”
The return of the nice weather and warmer temperatures this week does not necessarily mean things will improve. “The cauliflower that grew in the water did not have time to develop their roots. If the soil dries too fast, they will probably wilt because they will not be able to get their water deeper in the ground.”