Grain harvest breaks records

(Katri Kotkas)
12/3/2015 1:43 PM
Category: Economy

Estonian farmers enjoyed a record grain yield this year, harvesting a total of 1.47 million tons of grain. The average yield per hectare passed the 4 tons mark for the first time.

“According to current information, a record summer and winter crop yield was harvested this year,” said Erkki Miller, head of the Plant Products Bureau at the Ministry of Rural Affairs.

Miller said farmers are less happy with the financial side as grain wholesale prices have dropped 7 percent compared to a year ago. The most popular grains in Estonia are wheat and barley, with rye a distant third.

This summer's cool and rainy weather is the main reason for the record yield.

Last year was also a record year for farmers, who harvested 1.22 million tons of grain, up 25 percent compared to 2013.

Around 625,500 hectares of land in Estonia is used for growing crops, up 3 percent compared to last year. Grain was grown on 352,800 hectares.

J.M. Laats

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