Area, yield and production of wheat all decrease
Wheat yields have decreased by 16 per cent in 2018 despite first estimates suggesting they would remain constant. This change in yield estimates is due to limited information about wheat production at the time first estimates were produced.
While the area of wheat grown has been constant over the last four years, it has decreased by nine per cent this year. This and the drop in yield, led to production decreasing by 23 per cent compared to the previous year.
Wheat accounts for
26% Total crop production
22% Total crop area
Scottish wheat is mainly soft wheats that are used mostly for malting.
Scotland imports hard wheats for milling (generally used for bread-making) because our climate does not suit hard wheat varieties.
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