Sweden's summer heat lowers estimates of grain and oilseed crops

The dryness of the summer has resulted in significantly lower grain and oilseed yields in Sweden. That informed today the local statistics office.
The agency advises the government in Stockholm and reduces the estimate for grain production by 29% over the previous year to 4.2 million tonnes. The oilseed harvest even drops by 44% to 200,000 tonnes.
The reasons given are the rainy autumn of 2017, the late spring and mainly the summer dryness of this year. The bad weather with heat and drought led to dry fields in large parts of northern Europe, as well as in Sweden.
Sweden has experienced the warmest summer ever in many regions. The average temperatures were between 3 and 5 ° C higher than usual, informed the Swedish Meteorological Institute.
The heatwave favored forest and wildfires. Environment and climate change are also the biggest concerns for Swedish citizens, who will elect a new government in September.
Cereals and cereal products, mainly made from barley, oats and wheat, are Sweden's most important agricultural exports.However, crop estimates are not important for Sweden's economy or inflation. According to government estimates, economic growth is expected to rise from 2.6% to 2.9%.

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