Spring barley production and yield dropped, despite increase in area
Final spring barley estimates for 2018 showed that yield and production had fallen compared to 2017.
Although the area of spring barley increased by three per cent, yields were down due to the bad weather during the last year.
Southern Scotland was the only region to see an increase in yield and production of spring barley, five per cent and eight per cent respectively.
Spring barley accounts for
53% Total crop production
55% Total crop area
Barley is the main cereal crop grown in Scotland. In 2017, Scottish spring barley made up a third of the UK spring barley total.
Spring barley is sown around March, whereas winter barley is sown in the autumn. Around 84 per cent of Scottish barley production is made up of spring barley.
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