Cereal and oilseed rape harvest - first estimates: 2021

Initial estimates of area, yield and production for winter and spring barley, wheat, oats and oilseed rape, for the 2021 harvest.

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Spring barley predicted to decrease but remain above average

A chart shows area, production and yield estimates of the spring barley harvest from 2012 to 2021.

Spring barley area decreased in 2021 as winter crop areas increased.

2020 was a record year for spring barley. Yield is predicted to decrease on average in 2021 by around seven per cent. However, predicted yield remains above the average figure over the last five years.

Spring barley production is predicted to decrease by around 11 per cent, mostly as a result of decreased yield.

Spring barley accounts for

49% Total crop production

54% 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 2021, an estimated 82 per cent of barley production was made up of spring barley.


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