The purpose of the statistics is to show the development of the farm gate prices for wheat and barley. Farm gate prices are calculated as basic prices and are used for instance for regulating rents of agricultural land in tenancy and have existed since the beginning of the 17th century. For the period 1910-1970 the prices were calculated for dioceses (church district under the jurisdiction of a bishop). In the years 1937-1953 only prices for the diocese of Zealand were calculated. In its present form the statistics have been comparable since 1985 with figures for eight different geographic areas.
The statistics are a yearly calculation of farm gate prices for barley and wheat defined as basic prices. The figures are calculated for eight regions. Due to the structural reform in 2007 the names of the regions have been revised but are otherwise unchanged.
The eight districts are described in the manual to the law on cereal prices called kapitelstakster. Go to http://www.retsinfo.dk and search for number 10053 of the 24th of November 2006 (24/11/2006), also termed vejledning om opgørelse af kapitelstakster.
Basic prices for wheat and barley are
The figures are used primarily by farmers to determine the rent for agricultural land. There is a high level of satisfactory among users.
The statistics are based on a total census and thus no sample error occurs. Errors can thus only emerge in the data collection.
These statistics are published 7 weeks after the end of the reference period. Publications are released on time, as stated in the release calendar.
Official prices have been around since the beginning of the 17th century. From 1910-1970 the statistic covers the former Parishes "Stifter" which were the old zoning. In the period 1937 - 1953 statistic covers only Zealand diocese. The statistics are fully comparable back to 1985.
These statistics are published yearly in a Danish press release. In the StatBank, these statistics can be found under Agricultural economics.