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Blue poppy seeds: encouraging outlook comes with a big but

July 19, 2021 4:47 PM, Der AUDITOR
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CHRUDIM. The new season is just around the corner, especially since harvesting of small volumes of some poppy seed varieties has already started in the Czech Republic. The outlook may be highly encouraging at present, but the blue poppy seed harvest will certainly be delayed. This also has an impact on prices.

Harvesting to start in mid-August

According to the Czech Statistical Office the area sown has climbed by around 9% on last year to 44,000 ha. Market players are also highly satisfied with the way in which the crop is developing. The blooming phase is over and and there is only minor damage caused by heavy rains and lack of precipitation. Small volumes of the zeno morphex variety have already been harvested in some parts of the country. Encouraging as these conditions are the market will, however, have to be patient since harvesting will start later than usual.

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