The production of cereals broke records last year

According to the preliminary data of Statistics Estonia, cereal production was 1,221,600 tons in 2014, which is 25% more than the year before and the biggest cereal production ever recorded in Estonia.

Total cereal production included 615,500 tons of wheat, 458,100 tons of barley and 49,600 tons of rye. The average yield per hectare was 3,669 kilograms of cereals, whereas the average yield for wheat was 3,988 kilograms, for barley 3,641 kilograms and for rye 3,211 kilograms.

In 2014, the sown area of cereals was the largest in recent years. It was 332,900 hectares, 7% more than in the previous year. The sown area of wheat was 154,400 hectares, which was almost a quarter more than in the previous year. The sown area of barley decreased by 5% and amounted to 125,800 hectares in 2014. The sown area of rye was 15,400 hectares, which is one-third more compared to the previous year.

The production of legumes was 39,500 tons, which is a quarter more than the year before. The average yield was 2,070 kilograms of legumes per hectare. Legumes were sown on 19,100 hectares, which is 41% more than the year before and also the largest sown area of legumes ever.

According to preliminary data, the yield of rape and turnip rape seed was 166,200 tons. In 2014, rape and turnip rape were sown on 80,000 hectares. The average yield was 2,078 kilograms of rape and turnip rape seed per hectare.

The production of potatoes amounted to 117,300 tons, which is 8% less compared to the year before. The sown area of potatoes has been less than 10,000 hectares since 2008 – it was 6,400 hectares in 2014. The average yield of potatoes was 18,472 kilograms per hectare.

Source: Statistics Estonia
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