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Rapeseed, wheat and barley generate expectations among producers who have been suffering the impact of the drought.

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With a drought that gives no respite for summer crops, the winter harvest seems to be the hope of the producers, especially the wheatthe rape and the barleyso that the economic impact can, at least, cushion the fall a little more.

In conversation with the Rurales TV program, the director of the company 3agro, Nicholas Garcia Pintos, spoke about the seriousness of the situation of producers due to the drought. “The truth is that the situation is not good, we are going through a moment of climate crisis and, logically, the crops are having a bad time

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However, he remarked that they have expectations set for winter since “the trend is for the climate situation to reverse” and that he hopes it will not go the other way. “Without a doubt we hope a good winter, the area grew a lot last year. Let’s hope that this trend continues and even grows. We see a very good outlook for wheat, barley and rapeseed”, explained the director of 3agro.

“We need this winter crop, especially coming out of this difficult moment,” said García Pinto, referring to the fact that winter crops could become a hope so that the drought and ruined crops do not impact the economy so much. “You have to wait a bit for the weather to help and these rains to come and for it to start to normalize to start grab moisture in the soil and in the fields”, he added.

What happened last year?

The winter crops they had a great year during 2022 in Uruguay, with more than 861,000 hectares planted, according to figures from the Spring 2022 survey of the Agricultural Statistics Office (DIEA) of the Ministry of Livestock, Agriculture and Fisheries (MGAP).

The rape was the crop that did best within a great campaign, with a 114% growth from one year to the next, and 348,145 hectares planted. These figures position it as the main winter crop in the country and the second grain, behind soybeans.

planting of wheat It reached 301,850 hectares and obtained an average yield of 4,251 kilos per hectare, placing it 23% above the 2021 area, and only 30,000 hectares below the peak reached in 2015. In addition, and despite the sustained water deficit, the average return was the highest ever since the MGAP keeps the statistics with the DIEA survey, surpassing the excellent indicators of 2020.

The barley instead, it had a slight downward adjustment: from the 224,000 hectares planted in 2021, the area fell to around 211,000 in 2022, although these are still good figures. Regarding the average yield, it was 150 kilos above 2021: it closed at 4,252 kilos per hectare.

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