|Updated: 29.11.2016 - Next update: 23.2.2017|
This year's grain harvest the second smallest in the 2000s
According to Natural Resources Institute Finland’s (Luke) preliminary data, the grain harvest remained at around 3.5 million tonnes in 2016. Since the 2000s began, the harvest has been below 3.5 million tonnes only in 2010. The grain harvest of 3.5 million tonnes mainly consists of Finland's primary feed grains, barley (1.6 million tonnes) and oat (1.0 million tonnes). The harvest for these was at the same level as last year. The harvest of our third most common grain, i.e. wheat, dropped by around 18 per cent. The rye crop also dropped, by almost a fifth.
The grain harvest decreased from the outset due to the smaller sown area – the sown area for most of the grains was smaller than last year. In addition, the total amount of threshed harvest was reduced by the harvest per hectare, which was smaller than in the last few years. Only in the case of rye was the harvest per hectare larger than usual. The rye harvest is the fourth biggest in the 2000s, despite being 20 per cent smaller than a year ago.
Grain quality weaker than usual
Similarly to last year, the baking quality of wheat was poor. The quality of rye was also poorer than usual. In addition, this year's barley and oat harvest is poorer in quality than last year, according to the quality criteria commonly used in the industry.
Natural Resources Institute Finland
Description of indicator
The harvest statistics are based on information provided by farmers. The information has been compiled from about 6,600 farmers through an online service and phone interviews.