Area of cereals and oilseed rape remains stable
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
Area of wheat
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.