Cereal and oilseed rape harvest: final estimates - 2023

Final estimates of area, yield and production for winter and spring barley, wheat, oats and oilseed rape, for the 2023 harvest.

Key findings

  • Total cereal production from the 2023 harvest is just under 3.1 million tonnes. This is a 2% decrease compared to 2022 and just above the ten-year average of 3.0 million tonnes.
  • Weather conditions in 2023 led to one of the more challenging harvests in recent years. Overall cereal production decreased despite a small increase in planted area.
  • Production decreased for barley, wheat and oats compared to 2022. This was mostly as a result of decreased yield.
  • Oilseed rape production reached its highest value in at least 20 years at around 166 thousand tonnes. The 2023 area of oilseed rape is the largest recorded in at least 20 years, at around 41 thousand hectares. Combined with an above average yield this made for a very good year for oilseed rape production.

The visual summary provides an overview of the final estimates of the 2023 cereal harvest.

Try our interactive charts of the data included in this report.

All data tables are available to download under supporting documents.

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