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Blue poppy seeds: 30% rise in sowing anticipated

April 30, 2024 at 3:20 PM , Der AUDITOR
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CHRUDIM. Sowing is said to have risen sharply for poppy seeds this year, but pests may become an issue as less chemicals are being applied.

Yields are a gamble

Last year's reduced area sown coupled with adverse weather conditions certainly caused production to decline in 2023/2024. Estimates, however, differ considerably. While the Czech Statistical Office issued a production estimate of 18,000 mt, which is still to be rectified, market estimates rather range at 12,000-16,000 mt, of which the higher end appears to come closer to the truth. Official estimates for this year's sowing are still to be announced, yet as prices have gained sharply in the current season it is to be expected that farmers have ag

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