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Production of cereals, dried pulses and oilseeds in 2020

Total cereal harvest amounted to six million tonnes – more oats and less winter wheat this year

Statistical news from Statistics Sweden and Swedish Board of Agriculture 2020-11-16 9.30

The total cereal production for the year is estimated at six million tonnes, which is on a level with last year’s results. The total production is 11 percent more than the average for the last five years, in which 2018 stands out with crop failure due to drought and hot weather. Dry weather also in 2020 led to lower crop yields in some parts of the country.

Drought that arose after the spring sowings, as well as later during the growing season, led to a drop in crop yields in some regions. However, most parts of the country noted normal rainfall. In Norrland, persistent autumn rains delayed the harvest, and parts of the areas will likely remain unharvested.

Winter wheat areas declined by 20 000 hectares compared with last year’s record areas, and the total yield decreased by 260 000 tonnes. Half of the total cereal harvest consists of winter wheat.

The oats areas increased by 35 000 hectares; the total oats harvest increased by 144 000 tonnes and amounted to 815 500 tonnes, making it the largest oats harvest since 2013.

Rape and turnip harvest decreased by 10 percent

The preliminary estimate of the total production of rape and turnip is 344 100 tonnes, which is 10 percent less than a year ago. This decrease is mainly due to a smaller hectare yield and a smaller area for the dominating winter rape. The total harvest of rape and turnip was 7 percent larger this year than the five-year average.

Total harvest of peas matches last year’s level

The total production of peas is estimated at 74 300 tonnes, which is on a level with both last year’s harvest and the five-year average. The preliminary estimate of the total production of field beans is 56 500 tonnes, which is on a level with last year’s total harvest, but 31 percent below the five-year average.


A more detailed report of this survey and the results for individual crops is published in Statistical Report JO19 SM 2001, available under Agriculture, forestry and fishing. 

Statistical databases

Time series with the final harvest statistics are available in Statistics Sweden’s statistical database Statistics Sweden's Statistical Database and the Swedish Board of Agriculture’s statistical database The Swedish Board of Agriculture’s statistical database also contains preliminary harvest statistics. Time series on harvest statistics are available from 1913 onwards for some of the crops.

Next publishing will be

These preliminary statistics are based on data from a subsample of 1 110 farms. More accurate results based on the entire sample of 4 442 farms will be presented on 14 December in the Statistical Report JO 19 SM 2002. The results will then also be published by county and by the eight production areas of agriculture.

Information on autumn-sown areas in 2020 will be published on 30 November in JO 18 SM 2001.

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Statistical agency

Swedish Board of Agriculture

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Ann-Marie Karlsson

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