Last year's harvest was almost halved, but this year's harvest seems to be significantly better. But the recent unstable weather is a cloud of concern.
The harvest season has begun and farmers are harvesting in large parts of the country. In total, Swedish agriculture has so far harvested about a third, and so far it looks good.
– The returns we see now are well in line with the forecast we released in mid-July, so of course it changes. We have come the furthest in southern Sweden, where we have taken two-thirds, while we have reached up to 15 percent in the northern parts of Lake Mälaren, ”says Mikael Jeppsson, grain manager Lantmännen.
Rain every day
In total, last year's grain harvest reached a record low of 3.5 million tonnes. According to Lantmännen's autumn forecast, this year's harvest reaches 6.3 million, which is normal levels. But despite the situation being better than last year, a cloud of concern hangs over many farmers following the recent unstable weather.
– It rains more or less every day in different places, which leaves the harvest work that can not go too full.
And the rainy weather, according to the forecasts, seems to hold.
– We want rain in the spring and early summer, but during this time we do not want rain. We need a break so we can dry and harvest. If we get a lot of rain, we have the same amount if it is possible to harvest, but the risk is that it is of poorer quality.
Three crops that are particularly adversely affected by too much rain are wheat, barley and barley.
– These are the three crops with which we see the greatest risks when it comes to bad weather during the harvest season. What we have harvested so far looks good, but we see an increased risk of quality deterioration in the future.
Lower quality may mean that, for example, the mill wheat should instead be used as feed grain with a lower price as a result. The same goes for malting barley and oats, says Mikael Jeppson.
– It does not affect the market as a whole, but it does affect the individual payment to the farmer. It also does not affect consumers in terms of prices, as long as there are no major quality problems.