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Production of organic and non-organic farming, 2019

Record organic cereal production in 2019

Statistical news from Statistics Sweden 2020-06-24 9.30

The production of cereals approved for sales under organic labelling amounted to 403 300 tonnes in 2019. This makes it the largest production ever registered and corresponds to almost seven percent of the total cereal production.

Compared to 2018, when drought and heat led to crop failure, the production of organically farmed cereal in 2019 was more than twice as large. Compared with the five-year average, this is an increase of 52 percent. The production of organically farmed winter wheat increased most compared with 2018 and amounted to 134 100 tonnes in 2019.

Acreages with cereals approved for production of crops that can be sold under organic labelling have hovered between 80 000 and 90 000 hectares in the past five years, but peaked at 106 100 hectares in 2019. In the same period, the proportion of winter wheat increased, which is the cereal crop with the highest yield.

Organically farmed oilseed crops also increased

The total production of rape and turnip rape approved for sales under organic labelling amounted to 14 000 tonnes in 2019. Most of this production consisted of winter rape, estimated at 12 800 tonnes, which is 54 percent more than in 2018. However, the production of organically farmed winter rape was less than the corresponding production in 2017, which amounted to 15 400 tonnes.

Production of organic table potatoes on a level with 2018

The total production of table potatoes approved for sales under organic labelling was estimated at 35 900 tonnes at country level, which is on par with 2018. The largest acreages were located in the counties of Västra Götaland, Skåne, and Gotland. Almost 10 percent of the total acreage of table potatoes was organically farmed in 2019.

Production levels in organic and non-organic farming

A more detailed report on this survey and the results for individual crops is published in Statistical Report JO 14 SM 2001, and is available at Statistics Sweden’s website under Agriculture, forestry and fishing and at the Swedish Board of Agriculture’s website under Statistics. Yields per hectare for various crops and in various regions are compared here between organic and non-organic farming.

Statistical reports


More about the statistics

More information about the statistics is available in a special quality declaration on the Statistics Sweden and the Swedish Board of Agriculture websites.

Previous publications

Data on yields and production from organic and non-organic farming has been collected since 2003. The results are presented in Statistical Reports, series JO 14. The statistics are based on data from farmers who apply these two forms of farming in practice.

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Statistical agency

Swedish Board of Agriculture

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