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Dramatic situation in crops due to drought

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Prices had slight downward corrections in soy, above 540 dollars per ton, while the price of corn it rises above 320 dollars to raise from the farm. He wheat remains unchanged, above $290 per ton.

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Beyond this, in the country the panorama is dramatic due to the water deficit, and the crops that do not die are being chopped, baled and even open to cattle to eat what they can in the face of food shortages.

This impacts that there will be a great reduction of the harvest area and returns hardly cover costs. Particularly in the case of corn, this will have strong repercussions on livestock and dairy by generating a sharp increase in production costs. The usual supplier of corn to Uruguay, Argentina, is also in a situation of free fall in the state of the crops and will have a very low exportable balance.

The situation of the fruit and vegetable sector

The water deficit continues to cause damage to local production, and the fruit and vegetable sector is one of the most affected by the lack of water. In this context, the family enterprise of pears and apples of the family green beitonlocated in the rural area The Violetsin the vicinity of Cannelloni, He is one of the many that will be hit hard at the time of the harvest. In this case, they estimate that they will have rescued the half of the pear and barely 30% of the apple that they usually produce in the year.

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Also, the caliber of the fruit that manages to be saved will be less.

In a normal year, pear production is 10,000 kilos, while apple production is 100,000 kilos, both with large sizes. However, this year only 5,000 kilos of pears were achieved and 30,000 kilos of smaller apples are expected.

This is just one example of the damage that the drought is causing to farms. He water and heat stress it persists, directly affecting production, and the first visible sign is the smaller size of fruits and vegetables, as well as details such as openings or marks on skins and shells.

This can lead to the fact that consumers do not choose the affected products visually —but not so in their nutritional quality and flavor—, for which reason the producers warned of the situation and asked that the different specimens also be purchased so that they contribute to a sector hard hit by the drought and the losses generated by it.

Source: Ambito

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