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Haymaking Successful Despite Cold and Ash Fall

The haymaking season has been successful in most rural areas in Iceland this summer although there are some harvest areas where pastures were damaged by winterkill in northeast Iceland and those hit by ash fall from the Grímsvötn eruption in the south.

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Haymaking. Photo by Páll Kjartansson.

However, the harvest in other pastures within the same rural districts is believed to be sufficient enough to make up for it, Morgunbladid reports.

Due to cold and drought in the south, the growth of grass was slow, explained Sveinn Sigurmundsson, managing director of the South Iceland Farmers’ Association. But when it warmed up and started to rain the grass grew quickly.

The same applies to other regions. In north Iceland, the growth of grass was successful in August and there farmers are still busy with haymaking.

The last days of summer have been fairly warm but rainy in most regions in Iceland but east Iceland is still basking in sunshine with the temperature expected to rise to 19°C (66°F) today.

Click here to read more about cold and winterkill and here to read about the aftermath of the eruption in Grímsvötn.

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