Sown area, harvested production and average yield
In 2017, the second highest yield of cereals harvested from one hectare was reached – 38.3 q (the highest yield was reached in 2015 – 44.9 q/ha).
In 2017, 703.5 thousand ha of land were covered with cereals, which is 12.5 thousand ha or 1.7 % less than a year before.
Nevertheless the second highest yield in Latvia history was reached and significant sown area increase was recorded, in 2016 the harvested production of grain constituted 2.7 million tonnes, which is 0.3 million tonnes or 10.5 % less than in 2015, when record harvest of 3 million tonnes was reaped.
Harvested production of grain was significantly influenced by the increase in average yield of winter cereals – from 46.8 q/ha in 2016 to 49.9 q/ha in 2017. Harvested production of winter cereals exceeded that harvested previous year by 109.8 thousand t or 6.2 %. The average yield of winter wheat reached 51.5 q/ha (48.0 q/ha in 2016), and their share in the harvested production of grain went up from 58.6 % in 2016 to 63.3 % in 2017.