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Good Outlook for Grain Harvest in Iceland

Farmers in south and west Iceland have begun harvesting their grain. Overall, it looks as though this will be a good harvest. Barley makes up most of the grain harvest but oats and wheat are also being harvested.

Grain farming at Thorvaldseyri, south Iceland. Photo by Páll Stefánsson.

“The outlook is good and the beautiful fields in south Iceland are almost ready,” Ólafur Eggertsson, farmer at Thorvaldseyri below Eyjafjallajökull glacier in south Iceland and chairman of the National Association of Grain Farmers, told Morgunbladid.

Eggertsson said the grain had ripened earlier than usual due to a warm spring and summer. He is certain that Icelandic farmers will increasingly turn towards grain production now that the price of imported grain products is rising.

“Farmers who have practiced grain cultivation in the past ten to 15 years now have a good grasp of it and there is certainly enough land,” Eggertsson said. “This is one of the things that has a bright future given the current circumstances.”

Farmers in west and north Iceland are also satisfied with their harvest.

Click here to read more about grain farming in Iceland.

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