Report on the situation of Swiss agriculture - July 2021

Published Aug 11, 2021

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Basic data July 2021 ranks among the five wettest months since the start of the measurements. In fact, the soils were already largely saturated with water by the end of June. Large amounts of precipitation fell mainly during the first half of the month, starting July 5. They caused floods, landslides and debris flows. The floods also led to the temporary suspension of navigation on the Rhine.

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Several thunderstorms accompanied by hail caused significant damage on July 7 and 8 as well as on July 12 and 13. In places, agricultural crops such as vegetables and vines suffered total losses. A bit of sunnier weather followed from July 17 to 23, before a low pressure situation set in again. Hail hit the country again on July 24 and 28, with hailstones reaching a size that is only expected every 20 to 50 years. A total of eight days of hail were recorded across Switzerland in July. Already in June, hail damage was already well above average, with 6,927 claims declared (Table 1.5). In July, the average temperature was 0.3 degrees lower than the 1981-2010 norm, while the temperature on the southern slope of the Alps was within the norm. Crop Production Considering the rather harsh weather conditions, the reports on the hay harvest are surprisingly positive. The quantity and quality of the harvests are judged to be good to very good by the majority of correspondents (Table 2.2). ...
Source: sbv
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