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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6. Oat production and yield expected to increase

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

The area of oats grown has increased 7 per cent in 2020. A predicted 11 per cent increase in yield could result in a 19 per cent increase in oats production for 2020.

Industry experts have stated that good weights have been obtained so far this year, and high yields have been experienced in some areas. However, this could change as the harvest progresses.

Oats accounts for

  • 7% Total crop production
  • 7% Total crop area

The majority of oats grown in Scotland are sown in the spring and are used for milling – in 2018, almost 60 per cent of oats were used for milling. 

Oats are also used in specialist animal feed and in further processing for oatcakes and porridge oats.


Email: Jay.Gillam@gov.scot

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