The warm and very dry summer resulted in much smaller yields of potatoes, beets and onions than in 2017. According to data provided by CBS (Central Statistics Bureau in the Netherlands), the potato harvest will be 23% lower, and the sugar beet harvest will be 13% lower. Onions, on the other hand, fall out as the worst because 44% lower crops were recorded. There were situations where the onion was not harvested from the fields because it was not worth the effort. Of course, lower yields have affected prices that are higher. This may partly save the farmers, however, the potato growers who usually have pre-signed contracts and fixed prices can not count on the same.
"Potatoes in stores will be smaller, but not more expensive, while onions will become significantly more expensive," says Van Wenum. There are also no deliveries from abroad. "Estimates of harvest in countries around us are also bad."
There are also large differences between farmers and regions and whether they can be irrigated. "Harvest estimates are the national average, so there are farmers who fell out much worse and are much lower with their harvest, which really hurts."
CBS is obliged to annually present crop estimates for European agricultural accounts. Estimates are based on a survey conducted among 5000 farmers. The final data comes from the end of January. Estimates sometimes differ from the final harvest data. In 2010-2017, actual crops in three years were lower than estimated.
The NOS explains in the video below what the drought in 2018 means for agriculture, shipping and nature: