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Late Vegetable Harvest

Vegetables grown in South Iceland and elsewhere will come considerably later onto the market than usual due to an unusually wet and cool summer, according to Morgunbladid. In some cases, a vegetable crop has gone to waste, and herbicides can’t be applied because of the damp. Farmer Ragnhildur Thórarinsdóttir in Flúdir told Sunnlenska newspaper that she’d never come across anything like this year. “It’s dreadful weather as far as crop cultivation is concerned,” she said.

Potato farmer Sigurdur Pálsson in Thykkvabæ said that the potato crop will be a few weeks later than usual, while Thórhallur Bjarnason from the Association of Vegetable Growers says that lack of sun can even affect greenhouse crops, although internal lighting can be modified to offset the problems caused by lack of sun.

Haymaking has also been delayed in many places, and some farmers have been forced to use more fertilizer than usual in order to get hay of reasonable quality.

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