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Statistical news from Statistics Sweden and Swedish Board of Agriculture

2014-12-15 9:30 AM Nr 2014:572

Production of cereals, dried pulses and oilseeds in 2014:

High yield per hectare of winter wheat in many counties

The favourable winter conditions for autumn-sown crops have contributed to high yield levels of winter wheat and triticale in several counties. These are the findings of the regional statistics on harvests that are now being published. Uppsala, Södermanland, Östergötland, Skåne, Halland and Västra Götaland are examples of counties with record yield levels of winter wheat. And because the area was also at a record level, nearly half of the total production of cereals consists of winter wheat this year.

The spring sown cereal crops show more of a mixed result. The summer was warm and dry and in certain areas of the country the water shortage led to spring sown crops damaged by dryness. The total production of cereals is still expected to be nearly 5.8 million tonnes during 2014 and is thus the largest since 1997. It is 16 percent larger than last year's production of cereals and 19 percent larger than the average for the last five years. The combination of large autumn sown areas and high yields per hectare to the autumn sown crops largely explains the large production of cereals. Winter wheat reached the national record level of 7 250 kilogrammes per hectare.

Flea beetles and diamondback moths lowered yield levels of spring rape and spring turnip rape

Many farmers have reported damages of their spring rape and spring turnip rape crops from flea beetles and diamondback moths. However, the yield per hectare of spring rape still reached the level of the average for the last five years, while the yield per hectare of spring turnip rape was 20 percent lower. The yield per hectare of winter rape is close to a previous record. Total production of rape and turnip rape is expected to be 325 000 tonnes, which is almost at the same level as last year and 10 percent more than the five-year average.

High yield per hectare of peas – somewhat lower for field beans

Like last year, peas had a high yield per hectare, resulting in a yield that was 14 percent higher than the five-year average. The highest yield levels per hectare of peas occurred in Kalmar County, followed by the counties of Östergötland, Gotland, and Örebro. The total yield has been estimated at about 46 700 tonnes, which is 14 percent higher than the total yield of the previous year. The yield per hectare on the national level for field beans was 7 percent lower than the previous year. The total yield has been estimated at 61 400 tonnes.

Wildlife damage to crops

During 2014 information has been collected on the scope of damage caused from wildlife from all the agricultural companies that are included in the surveys about the harvests. The results will be presented in the spring of 2015.


A more detailed report of this survey for individual crops, counties and production areas has been published in the Statistical Report JO 19 SM 1402 and on the Swedish Board of Agriculture's website under Statistics. The preliminary statistics now being published are based on information gathered from roughly 4 000 farms.

Statistical databases

Time series with final production statistics for the years 1965-2013 are available in the Swedish Board of Agriculture’s statistical database and in Statistics Sweden’s Statistical Database at and respectively.

Next publishing will be

Final results for 2014 will be reported in April of 2015. These yield statistics are based on the data from all forms of cultivation that occur in the country. Reports on organic as well as conventional cultivation will be reported in June of 2015.

Responsible agency

Swedish Board of Agriculture


Ann-Marie Karlsson
+46 36 15 59 33



Statistics Sweden, Agricultural statistics
SE-701 89 Örebro
+46 19 17 70 88


Gerda Ländell
+46 19 17 68 07

Olle Funcke
+46 19 17 60 51

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