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Wheat yields down 43% - harvest update from Jim McCarthy in Romania

Jim McCarthy joined the Tillage Edge podcast from Romania this week to give an update on the progress of his harvest and an overview of the harvest in his part of the world.

Jim said that the lack of rainfall so far in the growing season has been compounded by recent prolonged high temperatures and as a result, wheat yields are 40% lower than normal.  

He also said he thinks the summer crops such as maize and sunflowers will be severely affected unless they get rain in the coming weeks.

Jim explained that the entire region is suffering and the predicted Romanian maize harvest has been revised from 15 million tonnes to 7.9 million tonnes.  

Looking forward to next year, he has forward bought some fertiliser but the farm rotation will change to mitigate some of the risk for 2023.

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