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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Wheat production expected to increase, with high yields predicted

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

A 12 per cent increase in planted wheat area, combined with a predicted seven per cent increase in yield are expected to result in a nearly 20 per cent increase in wheat production compared to 2020.

Wheat yield is predicted to rise to around 9.2 tonnes per hectare. If this is achieved this will be the second highest yield recorded over the last 20 years.

30% Total crop production

23% Total crop area

Scottish wheat is mainly soft wheats that are used for distilling. In 2020, around 29 per cent of wheat was sold to merchants for malting. A large proportion, 46 per cent, was used for animal feed.

Scotland imports hard wheats for milling (generally used for bread-making) because our climate does not suit hard wheat varieties.


Email: Jay.Gillam@gov.scot

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