Scottish Agricultural Census: final results - June 2020

Final results from the 2020 June Agricultural Census on land use, crop areas, livestock and the number of people working on agricultural holdings. These results replace the provisional figures published on 6 October 2020.

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Area of cereals and oilseed rape remains stable

A chart showing a breakdown of the total planted area of cereals and oilseeds from 2010-2020.

Despite the disruptions to winter planting, the total area of cereals and oilseed rape only fell by one per cent. Around 465,900 hectares were used to grow cereals and oilseeds. The total area planted was below the ten-year average. Barley makes up 65 per cent of the total area used to grow cereals and oilseeds, up from 62 per cent in June 2019.

Area of barley
301,800 ha

Area of wheat
93,500 ha

Cereals have a strong association with the whisky industry. Both barley and wheat, the two biggest crops, are used to make whisky.

Around 20 per cent of cereal and oilseed area was used to grow wheat, down from 23 per cent in the previous year. The area used to grow oats and other cereals has increased by two per cent, while the area used to grow oilseeds fell by three per cent since June 2019.



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