The harvest in Poland this year (1983) began earlier than it had in the previous 30 years, due mainly to dry, sunny weather.
GV Fields of grain.
LVs Combine-harvesters at work. (5 SHOTS)
CU 7 SV Farmers examine quality of crop. (2 SHOTS)
CU Wheat PULL BACK TO GV Fields. (2 SHOTS)
gv HARVESTING MACHINES AT WORK.
CU Wheat loaded into tractors.
CU Grain examined.
GV Tractor with trailers full of grain.
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Background: The harvest in Poland this year (1983) began earlier than it had in the previous 30 years, due mainly to dry, sunny weather. Crops from wheat fields covering four million hectares (10 million acres) had already been cut by July 29 - well past the half way mark. Total land under grain cultivation in 1983 was up 55,000 hectares (137,500 acres) to more than eight million hectares (20 million acres). By the end of July, state-run purchasing centres had already bought one million tonnes (tons) of grain from both state co-operatives and private farmers. In the south of the country, the harvest started on about July 22. One week later at a Centre for Agricultural Progress near Krakow, only wheat and oats remained to be cut. The centre is the largest state farm complex in the province, with three farming units covering 1,500 hectares (3,700 acres). It was established in 1968 as an experiment - with grain covering one third of the total land - and has an annual average yield of 650 tonnes (tons) of wheat, 230 tonnes (tons) of barley, 205 tonnes (tons) of rape, and 120 tonnes (tons) of maize, produced by the centre's 480 employees. Official figures estimated that the total grain harvest would probably equal that of last year.