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Hazelnuts: high risk of damage without snow

February 15, 2021 11:55 AM, Der AUDITOR
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ORDU. Snow finally arrived in the eastern parts of the Black Sea Coast last week, albeit only in places ranging 500 m above sea level. Problem is that protective snow is lacking in hazelnut orchards located below this point. Temperatures ranging below -5C have been forecast over the next few days.

Yields may be cut

The lack of snow in lower altitudes may prove problematic for prematurely developed shrubs. Due to mild temperatures many shrubs are around 3 weeks premature, which renders them vulnerable to cold snaps with sub-zero temperatures. Frost damages cannot be rules out over the next few weeks.

Production may decline by 150,000 mt

Market players, however, assess the situation differently. The exporters are currently buying up stocks, which has nominally driven up raw kernel prices. Other market players are, however, more

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