The cultivation of wheat is carried out on record areas this year, 518,600 hectares, according to preliminary figures from the Swedish Agency for Agriculture. It is the first time that wheat is grown on over half a million hectares in Sweden, the authority writes in a press release.
The wheat area has increased by twelve percent compared to last year and consists of 50,300 hectares of spring wheat and 468,300 hectares of autumn wheat.
Wheat has now been the largest cereal crop in Sweden for several years in the 2000s, mainly the last decade.
Until the late 1960s, oats were the dominant cereal crop. Then barley took over the throne, before wheat became the biggest.
This year, barley is grown provisionally on 272,000 hectares and oats provisionally on 149,900 hectares. Both crops have decreased by 8,500 hectares compared to last year.
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