This is an archived release.
Decline in production of potatoes and fodder crops in 2011
Potato production decreased by 11 per cent to a total of 297 600 tonnes from 2010 to 2011. The production from meadows for mowing increased by 1 per cent to a total of 2.4 million tonnes in 2011.
The average decare yield of potatoes in 2010 was 2 500 kilos, compared to 2 300 kilos in 2011. Potato production decreased by 33 600 tonnes to 297 600 tonnes from 2010 to 2011.
The total production of meadows for mowing converted by dry matter into hay corresponded to a yield of 561 kilos of hay per decare in 2011, compared to 558 kilos the year before.
About 4.2 million decares of meadows for mowing were harvested at the first cut in 2011, compared to 3.1 million decares during the second cut.
The yield from 24 per cent of the grass was stored as silage at the first cut, whereas the yield from 72 per cent of the area was stored as round bales. Corresponding figures for the later cut were 23 and 75 per cent respectively. The grass from 4 per cent of the first cut was dried as hay, while 1 per cent was harvested as hay at the later cut.
156 000 tonnes of other coarse fodder crops
The total yield of other crops for other coarse fodder crops showed a further decline in 2011, from 200 700 tonnes in 2010 to 156 000 tonnes in 2011. Rye grass covered 50 per cent of the total area of other fodder crops of 102 000 decares, and green forage mixtures and grain for green fodder and silage covered 47 per cent.