Grain crop 

Updated: 26.2.2015 - Next update: 26.11.2015

Grain harvest exceeds four billion kilos

Last summer’s grain harvest has been revised to 4.1 billion kilos in the Natural Resources Institute Finland’s Crop Production Statistics. Due to favourable weather conditions during the growing season, harvests of almost all arable crops were better than normal.

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 4.1 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 3% 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. Finland’s oat harvest decreased by 13% compared to 2013. At approximately 1.0 billion kilos, the 2014 harvest of oat is first time slightly lower than the harvest of wheat.

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.

Natural Resources Institute Finland

Description of indicator

The harvest statistics are based on information provided by farmers. The information has been compiled from about 7,000 farmers through an online service and phone interviews.