From the field - July 2021

We give you key data on current and upcoming French campaigns. Have a look at this report to help you prepare your purchasing requirements for essential oils, hydrosols, dried herbs.

Editorial

Following a worldwide turbulent year, we hope that you are in a positive situation and have been able to secure parts of your needs. The aromatic and medicinal plants industry is doing well. This growing market has even acquired a new dynamic.

No wonder, plants have never been so much in the spotlight. Due to the persistent trend for local, sustainable and naturalness values, we find a powerful renewed interest  toward authentic raw materials, as well as a special bond for plants in 2021.

As a french producer, at the heart of agricultural issues, we are delighted to share once again with you direct information straight « from the field ».

Pleasant reading and buying campaigns! "

The Elixens' team

General background on aromatic plants

Forecast analysis

The weather is one of our main concerns because it has a direct impact on the harvests.
We give you our feedback from the last few months and we share insights on future forecasts within our production area (South-Eastern France).

Spring 2021

Drought episodes

The end of year 2020 was marked by several drought waves. The consequences could be felt in the 2021 campaign.

Frost impact

The spring frost has greatly affected market gardening and fresh fruits production. However, the production of later and more robust aromatic plants was not affected.

Rainfall consequences

Heavy rainstorms in June disrupted the distillation schedule. They can also have an impact on the yield of essential oils of lemonbalm and everlasting. Nethertheless these showers had a positive impact on lavender and lavandin yields.

Future weather conditions

IPCC data

The local office from the chamber of agriculture made a study based on the intergovernmental panel on climate change (IPCC) data. The analysis gives the main evolution trends of the climate over the years to come for local agriculture, after 2050.

Major evolutions

It shows major changes like:

  • Extension of summer drought periods, and more intensive ones​​​​​​​​​​
  • Stability of autumn rainfalls
  • Reduction in the duration of cold periods with greater variability, particularly in spring
  • A near-disappearance of periods of severe frost, particularly in plain areas.

Lavandin market

An unstoppable growth?

During this winter there was some grubbing up, but plantings resulting from the euphoric market situation of lavandin also continued. Data are still incomplete, but the production area will likely increase again this year. Production potential in 2021 should be higher than in 2020.

A supply that exceeds demand?

Except in the case of major hazards (severe drought, pest attacks, etc.), the 2021 production is expected to exceed demand, continuing to weigh on product prices, as producers have leftovers and demand hasn’t grown at the same pace.

Elixens

A flo(wer)rishing industry

Our involvement within SICA Bio-plantes cooperative in Dauphiné-Provence, under fair trade conditions, is a great success.

Claire, SICA director, gives us a positive assessment of our partnership. An exceptional 26% growth of the cooperative activity has been recorded in 2020, In the context of the collapse in prices of lavender. We recorded a strong development of dried herbs, despite the new regulatory constraints that affect them. We also planted several dozen hectares this spring.

The right harvest management

In the light of new global climate studies, we developed good practices together with SICA Bio-plantes partners. We are working on the development of virtuous agricultural practices such as :

  • Adaptation of crops to local weather situations: plain/mountain, dry/irrigated area crop diversification
  •  Research into adapted species
  •  Soil protection, CO2, and humidity fixation thanks to grassing practices between the rows.

Dry herbs: new control

A new European regulation: the regulation (EU) 2020/2040 concerning pyrrolizidine alkaloids, substances now to be controlled on dried herbs and herbal teas. These substances are brought by a large number of common plants such as ragwort.

A reinforced vigilance plan has been set up with producers, for our organic crops. It is a hard but decisive manual work that will make it possible to be in compliance with this new regulation.

Our summer harvest 2021

We cultivate more than 36 plants species in organic agriculture.
We transform them into essential oils, hydrosols/floral waters, dried herbs and specialties.

We bring you an overview of current and future availabilities.
We expect most of the harvests are going to be of good quality and prices are generally stable.

Organic roman chamomile

  • Production: essential oil and hydrosol
  •  State of the crop: it is doing well for this flower whose cultivation requires particular know-how.
  • Harvest/distillation forecast: end of July
  • Availability: high demand

Organic blackcurrant

  • Production: dried herbs

  • State of the crop: good harvest, it has been raining during the whole growing period.

  • Harvest: May and September

  • Availability: good

Organic lemon catnip

  • Production: essential oil and hydrosol
  • State of the culture: no culture in progress, stock of essential oil available.
  • Harvest/distillation forecast: June to September
  • Availability: good

Organic fennel

  • Production: dried herbs
  • State of the crop: good
  • Harvest forecast: July
  • Availability: limited, subject to commitments

Organic geranium

  •  Production: hydrosol
  • State of the crop: good
  • Harvest/distillation forecast: June
  • Availability: good

Organic everlasting (Corsica type)

  • Production: essential oil and hydrosol
  • State of the culture: good, a species that we have acclimatized for many years in Drôme.
  • Harvest/distillation forecast: July
  • Availability: good

Organic lavender and lavandin

A stable price compared to last year. It stays well below usual market prices.

Organic mallow and cornflower

These plants are specific for floral water production. They will be soon harvested and dried. The distillation of the dried herbs will be done throughout the year.

  • Production: mallow floral water, cornflower floral water
  • State of the culture: good
  • Harvest/distillation forecast: July, since the plant is dried, the distillation happens all year long.
  • Availability: good, all year round

Organic sweet mint (mentha spicata)

 

  • Production: dried herbs
  • State of the crop: good
  • Harvest/distillation forecast: the 1st cut of sweet mint was made early June.
  • Availability: high demand

Organic peppermint (mentha piperita)

  • Production: essential oil, hydrosol and dried herbs
  • State of the crop: good
  • Harvest/distillation forecast: June to September
  • Availability: strong demand

Organic lemonbalm

Elixens has been cultivating this plant for more than 20 years. It's a regular must-have.

  • Production: essential oil and hydrosol
  • State of cultivation: good
  • Harvest/distillation forecast: June to September, distillation in progress
  • Availability: good
Organic rosemary
  • Production: essential oil, hydrosol and dried herbs
  • State of the crop: good
  • Harvest/distillation forecast: August
  • Availability: important

Organic clary sage

We noticed prices stabilization for clary sage after a decrease due to overproduction.

  • Production: essential oil
  • State of the crop: good
  • Harvest/distillation forecast: July
  • Availability: good

 

Organic officinal sage

  • Production: essential oil, hydrosol and dried herbs
  • State of the crop: good
  • Harvest/distillation forecast: first harvest in spring, 2nd harvest in autumn according to global needs
  • Availability: good

Organic thyme linalol

  •  Production: essential oil
  • State of the crop: good
  • Harvest/distillation forecast: from mid-may to mid-June
  • Availability: good

Organic thyme thymol

  • Production: essential oil
  • State of the crop: good
  • Harvest/distillation forecast: May
  • Availability: good

Organic thyme thuyanol

- Production: essential oil

- State of the crop: good

- Harvest/distillation forecast: finished, its quality is particularly good this year

- Availability: good

Organic thyme leaves

  • Production: dried herbs
  • State of the crop: good
  • Harvest/distillation forecast: May
  • Availability: good

Organic verbena

  • Production: dried herbs and the possibility of floral water on request
  • Availability: good, crop in development
  • State of the crop: good
  • Harvest forecast: May to October.
  • Availability: important
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