Most of the crops have been harvested

According to Statistics Estonia, by 15 September, 91% of the sown area of cereals, 49% of the sown area of rape and turnip rape, and 50% of the area under potatoes had been harvested in Estonia.

By the same time last year, 78% of the sown area of cereals, 57% of the sown area of rape and turnip rape, and 54% of the area under potatoes had been harvested.

The overwintering conditions of winter crops were difficult this year, resulting in scarcity of winter crops and extensive re-sowing in the spring. The long droughts in the spring and the rain period in August also damaged crop yields. The share of winter crops that have been harvested totals 94%, while that of summer crops amounts to 89% of the sown area. Among winter crops, 95% of winter wheat and 91% of rye, among spring crops, 93% of barley, 86% of oats, and 87% of spring wheat has been harvested. Also, 89% of winter rape and winter turnip rape, and 28% of spring rape and spring turnip rape have been harvested.

According to preliminary data, in Estonia, in 2016 cereals were grown on 348,200 hectares, of which 91% has been harvested for grain. One hectare of the harvested area gave on average 3,091 kilograms of cereals, with the average yield per hectare being 3,541 kilograms for rye, 3,201 kilograms for wheat, 2,984 kilograms for barley and 2,647 kilograms for oats. Harvesting of cereals is continuing, a part of cereals sown for grain will be harvested for green fodder.

Rape and turnip rape were grown on 69,400 hectares. Most of winter rape and winter turnip rape has been harvested, while most of spring rape and spring turnip rape has not been harvested yet. One hectare of the harvested area gave on average 1,722 kilograms of rape seeds and turnip rape seeds.

Potatoes were grown on 5,600 hectares, of which 50% has been harvested. One hectare of the harvested area gave on average 22,393 kilograms of potatoes.

Source:  Statistics Estonia
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