Preliminary estimations show extensive winter wheat and rapeseed winter-kill in Western and Central Poland.
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GAIN Report Number: Pl 1202
Preliminary Reports on Winterkill Loses in Poland
Grain and Feed
Michael Henney, Agricultural Attaché
Piotr Rucinski, Agricultural specialist
Preliminary estimations show extensive winter wheat and rapeseed winter-kill in Western and Central
Poland after late winter deep freeze weather. Two provinces have already requested assistance from the
central government to mitigate the effects of the winterkill losses
According to the preliminary evaluation of winterkill loses published on March 12, 2012 by the National Institute
of Soil Science and Plant Cultivation in Pulawy, significant losses in winter wheat and rapeseed plantations were
registered in the Provinces of Wielkopolska, Kujawsko-Pomorskie, Lodzkie, Mazowieckie, and partly Lubelskie.
On March 27, 2012, self governments of Kujawsko-Pomorskie and Lodzkie Provinces requested the Prime
Minister of Poland to introduce a state of natural disaster in their regions due to winterkill losses in the
rapeseed and winter wheat plantations.
According to the first estimates of winterkill loses published by Sparks Polska (based on information from local
extension service centers) in Kujawsko-Pomorskie Province (North Western Poland) eighty percent of winter
wheat and 70 percent of rapeseed plantations were damaged, while in Lodz Province (Central Poland) damage
amounted to 90 and 20 percent, respectively. It is estimated that in Kujawsko-Pomorskie and Lodzkie Provinces
214,000 hectares of winter wheat and 87,000 hectares of rapeseed were damaged by winterkill, which amounts
to 10 percent of total planted area of these crops in Poland.