Normal barley and oat harvests – the largest rye harvest in nearly 30 years
Following a few years of lower yields, barley, oat and rye harvests returned to the average level. The rye harvest was expected to be high after the rye area increased a year ago. This year’s rye harvest is four times larger than in 2018.
The highest rye harvest since 1990
The rye harvest was as high as between the 1950s and the 1970s. Since then, the rye harvest has only been this high in few separate years. In recent decades, the consumption of rye in Finland has stabilised at roughly a few hundred million kilos. This means that the harvest of 180 million kilos easily covers rye consumption, unlike in the previous years.
Organic harvest was also high
Organic farming has expanded in Finland in recent years, and many field crops produced record-breaking yields. Oat is the most widely cultivated organic cereal, and its yields increased by nearly 70%. The organic oat harvest of roughly 77 million kilos accounts for 6.5% of Finland’s total oat harvest of 1.2 billion kilos.