Disappointing harvests threaten due to flooding after rain

Aerial footage of wetlands in the foreground. Wetlands are used as an overflow reservoir system for rivers after heavy rain.

The harvests from the fields in the south of Germany and Austria could be disappointing these summer months. Due to the consequences of the recent excessive rainfall and flooding, smaller yields are now expected.

Mainly In Bavaria, grain growers have mixed expectations about the coming harvest. While some crops are still in good condition, other fields suffer from flooding. 

In northern Germany, especially in Schleswig-Holstein, wet soils have made harvesting difficult. Farmers in this region have difficulty cultivating their fields due to the saturated soil. This not only delays the harvest, but also increases the risk of crop failure.

The consequences of the heavy rain are also being felt in Austria. Farmers in Styria are struggling with saturated soils and flooding, which is hampering the harvest of crops such as corn and potatoes. These conditions are expected to significantly reduce this year's total yield 

The uncertainty about harvest results also has economic implications. Throughout Germany and Austria, farmers fear lower yields and therefore higher food prices. Agricultural organizations warn of a possible increase in the price of basic products such as grain and potatoes, which could further fuel inflation.

The current situation highlights the need for farmers to adapt to changing climatic conditions. Agricultural organizations in both Germany and Austria are working on strategies to better cope with the consequences of extreme weather bieden. This includes investing in drainage systems and developing crops that are more resistant to changing weather conditions.