Expectations for sowing in 2022
The Czech Statistical Office confirmed that almost 44,000 ha of poppy seeds were sown in 2021, almost 10% more than in the previous year. However, the originally optimistic yield estimates were reduced to 0.67 mt/ha, a year-on-year decline of 7%. At almost 29,000 mt, the 2021 crop was not only about a third above the 10-year average, but also achieved the best overall result of the past ten years.
Unfavourable weather conditions were the reason that production was significantly lower than initially expected. In addit