This is an archived release.
A good harvest in 2008
The yield of all meadows for mowing increased by 93 500 tonnes to a total of 2.7 million tonnes from 2007 to 2008,. The yields of grain and potatoes were also higher in 2008.
The total yield of meadows for mowing converted by dry matter into hay, correspond to a yield of 624 kilos of hay per decare. The total yield of meadows for mowing was about 4 per cent higher in 2008 than in 2007.
At the first cut in 2008, yield from 30 per cent of the harvested area of meadows for mowing was stored into silos as silage, whereas yield from 62 per cent was harvested as round bales. Corresponding figures for the later cut were 30 and 67 per cent respectively. The grass from 7 per cent of the first cut was dried as hay, while 1 per cent was harvested as hay at later cut.
Crops of green fodder and silage
The total yield of other crops for green fodder and silage showed a further decline in 2008. Rye grass covered 47 per cent of the total area of other fodder crops of 135 700 decares, and green forage mixtures and grain for green fodder and silage covered 49 per cent. The average decare yield of rye grass was 2 135 kilos, and for green forage mixtures and grain for green fodder 1 427 kilos.
1.35 million tonnes of grain
The total grain production in 2008 was 1.35 million tonnes, compared with 1.21 million tonnes in 2007. The average decare yield of grain was 434 kilos. For further information, please see Grain and oil seeds, area and production .
The yield of potatoes was 400 400 tonnes, corresponding to a per decare yield of 2 783 kilos.