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Extreme Weather, Pests Hit German Grain Harvest

Country's 2020 grain harvest will fall below average for third year in a row

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Germany’s 2020 grain harvest will fall below average for the third year in a row as farmers grapple with extreme weather conditions, the DBV farmer’s association said on Tuesday.

Reuters reports the grain harvest this year is expected to amount to 42.4 million tonnes, down from 44.3 million tonnes a year earlier, and almost 5% below the average for the years 2015 to 2019, the association said in its final harvest estimates.

Depending on the region, farmers are facing significant harvest losses due to extreme drought, night frosts in May or mice appearing en masse.

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