Grain crop 

Updated: 27.11.2014 - Next update: 26.2.2015

Grain harvest exceeds four billion kilos

Last summer’s grain harvest estimate has been revised to 4.2 billion kilos in the Information Centre of the Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry’s preliminary harvest statistics. The estimate, based on information provided by farmers, is therefore higher than the expert estimate published at the end of August, which was 4.0 billion kilos. The 2014 grain harvest is the biggest in five years.

Due to favourable weather conditions during the growing season, harvests of almost all arable crops were better than normal. The harvest data will be revised again in February 2015, at which time the statistics will include information from all farmers.

In Finland, the normal grain harvest has been between 3.6 and 4.2 billion kilos over the last couple of decades. Last summer’s harvest of 4.2 billion kilos is therefore at the top end. Years with high crop damage have pushed the average down.

Taking account of variations between growing seasons, Finland’s grain harvest has grown steadily throughout the one hundred years in which statistics have been compiled. Finland’s grain harvest first exceeded four billion kilos in 1990. The figure of four billion kilos has been exceeded seven times between 2000 and 2014.

Barley accounts for half of Finland’s grain harvest. At approximately 1.9 billion kilos, the 2014 barley harvest is 2% lower than the year before. Most barley is grown for animal feed. A fifth of the harvest, i.e. approximately 400 million kilos, is sown for malting purposes. Oats are the second biggest crop. Finland’s oat harvest decreased by 12% compared to 2013. At approximately 1.1 billion kilos, the 2013 harvest is the best in a decade.

Finland’s rye harvest was 75 million kilos. Rye is the only cereal imported to Finland on an almost regular basis. Finland’s rye harvest rarely satisfies demand, which stands at approximately 100 million kilos.

Tike, Information Centre of the Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry

Description of indicator

This is advance information from the final harvest statistics that will be released on 26 February 2015. The advance information about the harvest statistics is based on information provided by farmers. The information has been compiled from about 5,700 farmers through an online service and phone interviews. The final harvest statistics, published in February 2015, are based on the information supplied by all farmers (about 7,000) included in the survey.