The Finnish grain harvest is of good quality

27.11.2007

<div>The quality of the Finnish grain harvest is good. Half of the wheat is of bread grain quality and 42 % of the malting barley is of malting quality. 94 % of the oats fulfil the general quality requirements set by the feed industry. Only barley is of lower quality than last year. Even so, 71 % of the barley exceeds the 64 kg hectolitre weight. Tike and Evira have compiled the advance information on the 2007 harvest. The final harvest information will be published in January 2008.</div>

Half of the wheat is of bread grain quality
Half of the wheat harvest or 397 million kg fulfilled the quality requirements for bread wheat. Of this, 350 million kg was spring wheat and 48 million kg was winter wheat. The protein content of the spring wheat was higher than of the previous year, which increased the percentage of the crop of bread grain quality from last year’s 42 per cent to 54 per cent. The regional differences were high. In Uusimaa only 39 per cent of the spring wheat harvest was of bread grain quality, while it was 83 per cent in Finland Proper.

Of the domestic 88 million kg rye harvest, 84 per cent fulfilled the quality requirements for bread grain. The share is smaller than last year (93 %), because the falling number was lower than that of last year.

42 % of the malting barley is of malting quality
Of the barley harvest produced for malting barley, 215 million kg or 42 % of the crop fulfil the quality requirements for malting. The share of malting quality barley was 11 percentage points higher than last autumn, as the crop’s protein content stayed lower than last year. Especially in Häme, the quality of malting barley improved: The quantity of malting barley suited for malting increased from 12 million kg to 60 million kg.

The feed grain harvest is of good quality
Of the feed barley crop of about 1.5 billion kg, a little more than one billion kg or 71 per cent had a hectolitre weight over 64 kg. Feed barley with a hectolitre weight over 64 kg is usually of marketable quality.

94 per cent of the oat crop exceeded the quality requirement of the feed industry for a hectolitre weight of 52 kg, and 29 per cent exceeded the 58 kg hectolitre weight required for milling quality oats. According to the quality indicators used, the oat crop was as good as last year. The regional differences in quality were lower in the oats than in other grain varieties.

In this press release the advance information of both Tike’s crop production statistics and the Evira grain laboratory’s analysis of the quality of the grain harvest have been combined.  Tike collected the harvest information by random sampling from about 5800 farms. In Tike’s sampling was also included those 1700 farms from which Evira’s Cereal Inspection Unit had requested grain samples for determining the grain quality information. Nearly 5700 farms replied to Tike’s crop production statistics and Evira received grain samples from over 800 farms for the quality analyses. In the statistics, the information on the grain crops is based on the advance information in the farm register for 2007. A table on the quality of the grain crop based on the final information will be published 17.1.2008.

For additional information
Table: Grain quality 2007 – forecast 27.11.2007 (pdf, 100 kB)
http://www.evira.fi/attachments/kasvintuotanto_ja_rehut/vilja/tiedote_liitteet/Viljan_laatu_2007.pdf

Harvest information on the cereal crop
Researcher Anneli Partala, tel. +358 20 77 21376
Researcher Mirva Kokkinen, tel. +358 20 77 21371
Tike, Statistical Group
The e-mail addresses are in the format: firstname.lastname@mmmtike.fi

Grain quality information
Director Mirja Kartio tel. +358 20 77 25090
Senior Officer Juha Kärkkäinen, tel. +358 20 77 25098
Finnish Food Safety Authority Evira, Cereal Inspection Unit
The e-mail addresses are in the format: firstname.lastname@evira.fi

 

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