Oat production and yield expected to hold
Area, yield and production for oats in 2018 are all estimated to have experienced a slight decrease.
The estimated area of oats sown in 2018 is 32,100 hectares, the second highest since 1989. Oat production is estimated to have decreased by three per cent this year, due to a one per cent decrease in yield.
Oats accounts for 7% Total crop production and 7% Total crop area
The majority of oats grown in Scotland are sown in the spring and are used for milling and further processing for breakfast cereals, oatcakes, porridge oats and oatmeal.
Oats are also used in specialist feed for horses.