Cereal and oilseed rape harvest - first estimates: 2020

Initial estimates of area, yield and production for winter and spring barley, wheat, oats and oilseed rape, for the 2020 harvest.

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3. Spring barley yield and production expected to rise

A chart shows area, production and yield estimates of the spring barley harvest from 2011 to 2020.

2019 was a record year for spring barley, and further increases for yield and production are predicted for 2020. 

While bushel weights remain low, improving weather conditions in summer have resulted in good yields this year. Spring barley yield is predicted to rise by 7 per cent and production is predicted to rise by 15 per cent.

Spring barley accounts for

  • 55% Total crop production
  • 56% Total crop area

Barley is the main cereal crop grown in Scotland. Spring barley is sown around March, whereas winter barley is sown in the autumn.

In 2020, an estimated 85 per cent of barley production was made up of spring barley.


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