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Production of cereals, dry pulses and oilseeds 2021

Rain and drought led to lower yields in 2021

Statistical news from Statistics Sweden 2021-12-14 9.30

For the country as a whole, the crop yields for spring-sown cereal crops decreased by between 20 percent and 28 percent compared with last year. Regional harvest statistics for 2021 show that Stockholm, Södermanland, Västra Götaland, and Västmanland were among the counties in which the yields per hectare of spring barley were on a level with the low yields per hectare threshed during the dry year of 2018.

The total cereal production amounted to 5.0 million tonnes, which is 16 percent less than a year ago, despite the record size of the winter wheat area, which gives high yields per hectare. However, extreme rainfall in the spring and autumn as well as dry weather during the growth period led to lower crop yields. The yield per hectare of winter wheat was 12 percent less than last year.

Yield per hectare of winter rape 5 percent less than last year

At the national level, the yield per hectare of winter rape was 5 percent lower than in 2020. Skåne County accounted for the largest cultivation area, and a yield per hectare of winter rape 6 percent less than last year’s crop yield. The preliminary estimate of the total production of rape and turnip rape is 343 200 tonnes, which is on a level with last year.

Yield per hectare of peas decreased by 23 percent

In 2021, the yield per hectare of peas was 23 percent lower than a year ago and 20 percent lower than the five-year average. The total production of peas is estimated at 56 500 tonnes, which is 22 percent less than a year ago. In 2021, the largest area of peas was located in Uppsala and Östergötland counties.

Yield per hectare of field beans is 19 percent lower than last year

The yield per hectare of field beans was 19 percent lower than a year ago. The total production is estimated at 48 600 tonnes, which is 17 percent less than a year ago and 34 percent less than the five-year average.

Delayed spring sowing, summer drought, and rain during harvesting

The cold and rainy spring weather delayed the spring sowing and also led to resowing and a complete lack of spring sowing. The early summer and summer then brought heat and dry weather, which led to early ripening and small grains. When it was time to harvest, persistent rain periods began in many places and led to a number of unharvested areas.

Statistical databases

Time series with the final harvest statistics are available in 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.


A more detailed report of this survey is available in a statistics report on the Swedish Board of Agriculture website:

Skörd av spannmål, trindsäd och oljeväxter 2021. Preliminär statistik för län och riket (Swedish)

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The final results for 2021 will be presented in April 2022.

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