This year's grain harvest (comprising wheat, rye, oats, barley, and triticale, a wheat-rye hybrid) should be 31.3 percent higher than last year. According to an estimate of the Slovak Statistics Office as of June 20 of this year, the estimated harvest per hectare should reach 4.4 tons; compared to 3.46 tons in 2007. The overall grain harvest, according to the official estimate, should be 2.846 million tons; in 2007 it was 2.167 million tons. The total area sown with cereal crops in 2008 is 646,400 hectares, 3 percent more than last year.
The estimated per-hectare harvest as of June 20 is: for wheat, 4.71 tons; for rye, 3.33 tons; for barley, 4.21 tons; for oats, 2.59 tons; and for triticale, 3.57 tons. In 2007, the per-hectare harvest was: 3.82 tons for wheat; 2.63 tons for rye; 3.14 tons for barley; 1.79 tons for oats and 2.86 tons for triticale. The estimated harvest of rapeseed this year should rise from 2.09 tons to 2.71 tons per hectare, and early potatoes from 15.3 tons to 17.7 tons per hectare. SITA
Compiled by Zuzana Vilikovská from press reports
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