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Agriculture facts and figures: 2018

Summary indicators concerning aggregate output, inputs and incomes as well as results from the agricultural census and surveys.

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Arable sector

2007 2015 2016 2017
Barley Number of main and minor holdings 8,437 8,050 7,603 7,574
Average area per holding (ha) 33.0 38.2 37.7 38.5
(’000 tonnes) 1,713 1,927 1,625 1,785
Wheat Number of main and minor holdings 2,868 2,868 2,846 2,879
Average area per holding (ha) 35.8 38.2 38.5 38.0
(’000 tonnes) 853 1,019 926 889
Oats Number of main and minor holdings 1,614 1,585 1,783 1,821
Average area per holding (ha) 12.9 16.2 17.5 17.9
(’000 tonnes) 127 152 201 185
Oilseeds Number of main and minor holdings 1,400 1,222 1,060 1,155
Average area per holding (ha) 26.1 29.4 29.0 29.6
(’000 tonnes) 134 148 102 144
Potatoes Number of main and minor holdings 3,287 2,564 2,566 2,684
Average area per holding (ha) 8.9 10.0 10.7 10.9
(’000 tonnes) 1,340 1,067 1,087 1,184

Source: From 2009 land use data were collected from the Single Application Form, for holdings claiming Single Farm Payments, and the June Agricultural Census otherwise

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