Statistics Sweden and the Swedish Board of Agriculture report that the Swedish potato production is estimated at 449 000 tonnes. This is lower than record low levels in modern times in 2006, 2007 and 2015, and also lower than the years of crop failures in 1867 and 1899.
The reason for the low production in 2018 is mainly the hot and dry weather, as well as because a large proportion of the crop area was lifted as early potatoes; the proportion of organically grown potatoes has also increased. In a comparison with the previous year, it should be taken into account that large areas remained unharvested in 2017, which lowered the yield per hectare that year.
Crops that were irrigated attained full yield level, but there was not always sufficient water for irrigation for the whole area and not all growers had the possibility to irrigate their crops. In some cases, the potato crop was left unharvested, since the yield was too poor and the tubers were too small. Individual farmers have been severely affected.
The crop area for table potatoes, which is used for calculating the total production, amounted to 16 000 hectares in 2018. This area has decreased by 1 100 hectares, or 6 percent, compared with the previous year, which also contributes to the lower table potato production.
The cultivated area with starch potatoes increased by more than 300 hectares and amounted to 7 800 hectares in 2018.