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This summer, agriculture in the Netherlands faced challenging conditions due to dry and hot weather. The summer of 2018 has been reported as the warmest in the past three centuries in the Netherlands and more importantly, it had a precipitation deficit of over 300 mm at the beginning of August. Various organization have forecasted a reduction in yield by up to 25% for potatoes and up to 50% for crops such as carrots and beans. Other crops such as spinach, peas and broccoli will have lesser availability in supermarkets.
The drought has also affected the shape and size of the crops, which led to the Dutch government’s statements to not waste any food based on their looks “…smaak is leidend, niet de vorm” (Taste matters, not the shape) – Minister Carola Schouten.
Meanwhile, various crops in our test field showed good growth as a result of saline agriculture methods. Read more.
Above: Recent carrot harvested from a high salinity plot of the test field
Below: "Bag full of data" SalFar Swedish partners harvesting cereal crops