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Rural Advisory and Training Center reports rotten winter crops.

LETA/TBT staff

The situation with winter crops is different in different regions of Latvia; in some regions winter crops have rotted in the waterlogged fields, the Latvian Rural Advisory and Training Center informed.

"Winter crops in Latvia are like a patchwork quilt--the hills are green, while the valleys are waterlogged," said the center.

In Latgale Province, sowing winter crops got delayed, but what crops were sown look comparatively good, said Guntars Melnis, Head of the Rural Advisory and Training Center's Daugavpils office.

There is a similar situation in Vidzeme Province, for instance, even the largest farms in Gulbene Region have sown half of the winter crops they had been planning to sow. Smaller farms have not sown winter crops at all, according to the Rural Advisory and Training Center's agricultural expert Ingrida Steinberga.

Near Limbazi, canola sown in August looks good, although a lot of crops in lower areas remain flooded, Brigita Skujina from the Rural Advisory and Training Center told LETA.

On farms in Kurzeme Province, 90 per cent of the planned amount of winter canola crops have been sown, and the overall situation with winter wheat, rye and barley is also comparatively good. However, on farms where winter crops were sown late, up to 70 per cent of crops have rotted, said Vita Cielava from the Rural Advisory and Training Center's Liepaja office.

In the meantime, growing winter crops in Zemgale is largely on schedule, said Oskars Balodis, Head of the Rural Advisory and Training Center's Agricultural Department.

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Title Annotation:LATVIAN NEWS
Publication:The Baltic Times (Riga, Latvia)
Geographic Code:4EXLA
Date:Nov 29, 2017
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