Finnish fields are expected to yield a harvest of 3.7 billion kilos like last year. Crop predictions for grain suitable for making bread, wheat and rye, are somewhat lower than last year. The barley and oat harvest, however, is expected to be higher than last year. The oilseed rape harvest estimate is higher than that of turnip rape this year. The broad bean harvest is also expected to be better than last year.
The crop outlook based on estimates made on 18 July vary from region to region, being mainly average and in some regions good. The temperatures this summer have been satisfactory on average in terms of growth. The amount of rain has varied, being suitable in certain regions and too high in others. The weather towards the end of the growth season may still affect harvest figures considerably.
Less grain suitable for making bread
According to visual estimates in July, the wheat crop will be a total of about 860 million kilos. Both winter and spring wheat levels have been estimated to be lower than last year. These lower figures are obviously also caused by the fact that it is cultivated less.
The rye harvest is estimated at 86 million kilos, which is less than last year. The reason for the drop is a lower yield per hectare and a smaller cultivation area.
Barley and oat as fodder
The total barley harvest is estimated at 1.6 billion kilos, the same as last year. The cultivation area is somewhat smaller than last year, but the yield per hectare is somewhat higher.
The oat harvest is expected to be 1.2 billion kilos, or about 18 per cent higher than last year. The cultivation area is higher this year and the yield per hectare is estimated to be slightly higher than last year.
Turnip rape exceeding oilseed rape, and broad bean enjoying bumper crop
The cultivation area has almost doubled since last year, which brings the total crop estimate of oilseed rape to 54 million kilos. The total crop estimate of turnip rape is 39 million kilos, which is 7 million less than last year.
The per-hectare yield of broad bean is expected to be higher than last year. The cultivation area of broad bean has increased, which means that the harvest will be better than last year. Part of the broad bean crop will be used as silage, also affecting the total crop figures.
The yield per hectare of peas is also expected to be better than last year. The total crop is expected to be 34 million kilos.
Background to the statistics
Luke’s July harvest estimates are based on local estimates supplied by experts at ProAgria Rural Advisory Centres and reflects the situation as on 18 July. The estimates for each municipality are based on visual observations and local knowledge. The areas under cultivation are obtained from the data system of the administrative body of rural industries on 18 July 2016.
The next statistics, describing the situation on 22 August, will be published on 26 August 2016.
The crop estimate table is available on the Crop Production Statistics website.