Figures released by Scotland’s Chief Statistician reveal the highest Scottish cereal harvest in more than 20 years, despite a delayed harvest due to the wet weather.
Key trends between 2010 and 2011 show:
For total cereals:
production has increased by 346,000 tonnes (12.7 per cent) to 3.1 million tonnes
this is the highest production in the last 20 years, 123,000 tonnes (4.2 per cent) greater than the next highest year in 2008
average yields increased by 7.5 per cent to 6.9 tonnes per hectare, the highest level in the last 20 years.
For individual crops:
Wheat production increased by 66,000 tonnes (7.2 per cent) to 984,000 tonnes
Barley production increased by 284,000 tonnes (17.0 per cent) to 1,949,000 tonnes
Oats production decreased by 3,000 tonnes (2.3 per cent) to 132,000 tonnes
Oilseed Rape production increased by 41,000 tonnes (34.0 per cent) to 163,000 tonnes
For a copy of the Statistical Publication: Agriculture Series: First Estimate of the Cereal and Oilseed Rape Harvest 2011 click here.