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Austria: Above-average vegetable harvest in 2022

Significantly more onions and cabbage harvested, record low spinach harvest

According to Statistics Austria, 674,300 tons of open ground and horticultural vegetables were harvested in Austria this year. This means that the harvest volume - on an almost unchanged cultivation acreage - is about the same as the one from the previous year (+/-0% to 2021) and is noticeably above the five-year average (+9%).

Significantly more onions and cabbage harvested, record low for spinach harvest
In 2022, 365,200 tons of legumes, root and bulb vegetables were harvested (+2% compared to 2021). This is significantly higher than the five-year average (+14%). Onions represented more than a quarter of total vegetable production with a crop of 174,800 tons (+4% to 2021; +18% to the five-year average). Carrot production remained largely stable at 118,400 tons (+1% to 2021). Green pea production dropped to 9,600 tons (-2% to 2021) despite increased yields, due to a reduction in acreage.

Cabbage, leafy and stem vegetables recorded a slightly above-average harvest of 141,700 tons (-4% to 2021) (+3% to the five-year average). Lettuce production, which accounted for more than a third of this product group, amounted to 48,700 tons (-5% compared to 2021; +4% compared to the five-year average). Cabbage reached a crop volume of 45,800 tons (+11% to 2021) on expanded acreage. Spinach production, on the other hand, fell to a record low of 8,500 tons (-28% vs. 2021; -33% vs. the five-year average).

More open ground vegetables, fewer greenhouse vegetables
The loose vegetable crop totaled 167,400 tons (-1% over 2021), up 3% from the five-year average. While the acreage of open ground vegetables such as sweet corn, squash and zucchini expanded in 2022, the acreage of energy-intensive greenhouse crops decreased due to shortening of the production period, reduction in cultivation rates and farm closures. As far as tomatoes went, production was 5% lower than in 2021 at 57,000 tons, while cucumber harvests also declined significantly (-8%) to 44,100 tons. Pepper production decreased to 12,600 tons (-16% compared to 2021).

The sweet corn acreage, on the other hand, reached a record level, as did the yield per hectare, resulting in an exceptionally high production volume of 19,200 metric tons (+27% compared to 2021). Pumpkin also reached a new peak of 22,300 tons (+8% on 2021). Melons also continued to grow, increasing by 9% year on year to 2,200 metric tons.

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