2. Main findings
These final estimates indicate that, compared with the 2011 harvest: (Table 1)
- Cereal Production decreased between 2011 and 2012 by 441,000 tonnes or 15 percent to 2.5 million tonnes. Areas increased by 11,000 hectares or 2 percent while average yields decreased by 17 percent to 5.5 tonnes per hectare.
- Total barley production decreased by 143,000 tonnes or 8 percent to 1.7 million tonnes. This was mostly caused by a decrease in spring barley yields, down 14 percent, despite a 10 percent increase in spring barley area, resulting in a 86,000 tonnes decrease in production. Winter barley production decreased by 57,000 tonnes, due to a 12 percent decrease yield and a 6 percent decrease in area.
- Wheat production decreased by 284,000 tonnes or 30 percent to 673,000 tonnes. Areas decreased by 15,000 hectares or 13 percent and average yields decreased by 19 percent to 6.7 tonnes per hectare.
- The production of oats decreased by 14,000 tonnes or 11 percent to 108,000 tonnes. This decrease was due to a 9 percent decrease in area, alongside reduction in yield of 18 percent.
- Oilseed rape production decreased by 43,000 tonnes or 29 per cent to 106,000 tonnes. This decrease was caused by a 25 percent decrease in yield and a
5 percent decrease in area.
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