Farmers switch from malting barley to wheat and oats

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Baking rather than beer-drinking. That seems to have been one of the effects the coronavirus crisis has had on customers' behaviour, which has had a knock-on effect on what farmers have decided to grow.

"People bulk-bought pasta and flour, which caused the price of wheat and oats to soar," explains one farmer to Swedish Radio News.

At the same time, closed restaurants and cancelled events led to a decrease in beer consumption.

Farmers reacted to this by growing less malting barley, which is used to brew beer, than usual.

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