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In spite of spring drought, many crop yields grow in 2020

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Hungarian farmers' yields were bigger last year for many crops, in spite of a drought in the spring and wet weather during the harvest season, the Central Statistical Office (KSH) said in an annual review, according to a report by state news wire MTI.

KSH noted that average rainfall in April was just 8.8 mm, one-fifth of the average for the month, making it the third-driest April on record. In spite of those dry conditions, yields of rye and maize were close to record highs, and yields of wheat and potato crops increased, KSH said.

Wheat yields rose 1.5% to 5.4 tonnes per hectare. However, the wheat crop fell 6.8% to 5 million tonnes as farmers planted the crop on an 8.1% smaller area.

Maize yields climbed 6.9% to 8.6 tonnes per hectare. The maize crop was up 1.3% at 8.4 mln tonnes.

Potato yields increased around 8% to 28 tonnes per hectare

Sunflower seed yields fell 9.2% to 2.8 tonnes per hectare. The harvest was down 2.4% at 1.7 mln tonnes.

Rapeseed yields dropped 7.6% to 2.8 tonnes per hectare. The harvest fell 5.8% to 859,000 tonnes.

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