Lower than average Brandenburger potatoes harvest

The emerging results of the previous year's Brandenburg potato harvest is not likely to be repeated in 2015. In 2014 they harvested a total of 420,000 tons and and in this year they have only been able to harvest 322,500 of potatoes.

One cause of the drop is the drastic reduction of land used for cultivation. in 2014 they used a total of 9,800 ha and this year they only had 9,200 ha for growing potatoes. Another influence on this years harvest was the poor weather during the growing season. A combination of high temperatures and extreme dryness made its mark on the development of the potatoes. It was not until the end of August that they received an adequate amount a rainfall that improved the water budget. This late rainfall however only partially affected the growth of the potatoes.

The potato crops averaged 352.1 quentials (100 kilograms) per hector according the the Berlin-Brandenburg Office of Statistics. That is about 18% less than in the year past (2014: 428.1 q/ha). This year's harvest total is also 4% lower than the long term average (2009-14: 368.3 q/ha). In Germany it was calculated to have harvested 436 qt/ha, which is still 8% lower than in 2014.

In order to have a good harvest in 2015, irrigation systems had to be used to their fullest potential. There was a clear difference between the crops with and without irrigation systems. Crops with the use of irrigation systems totalled 383 q/ha, whereas crops that did not have the benefit of a irrigation system, resulted in only 313.8 q/ha. 

The harvest of industrial potatoes reached 375.4 q/ha and food-market potatoes resulted in 317.1 q/ha.



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