UK wheat production up 4% year-over-year to 58,000 tonnes in 2013, mainly due to 22% recovery in yields, according to government estimates; oats production up almost 10% to nearly 10,000 tonnes

, December 9, 2013 () – Yield and production estimates for the main cereal crops and potatoes for the year 2013 were issued today by the Department of Agriculture and Rural Development (DARD).

The estimates for cereal yields were obtained from a post-harvest survey of 235 growers, whilst potato estimates were derived from a survey involving pre-harvest digs covering potato crops on almost 170 farms.

Estimates for the areas of each crop were published as part of the results of the June Agricultural Census on 28 November 2013. The following estimates refer to crop yields and production:

Barley: Total production of barley has increased to approximately 140,000 tonnes. Production has risen for both winter and spring barley primarily due to an increase in yields for both crops to 7.0 t/ha and 5.0 t/ha respectively. Planting conditions were difficult in the autumn of 2012 and spring 2013 but the weather was more favourable later in the growing season leading to an overall 9% improvement in yields compared with 2012.

Wheat: Production in 2013 increased by 4% over the previous year to 58,000 tonnes. This was mainly due to a 22% recovery in yields to 7.3 t/ha - more typical than the low yields experienced in 2012. The increase in production occurred despite a 15% fall in area grown, the result of difficult planting conditions in autumn 2012.

Oats: Production of oats has increased by 10% to almost 10,000 tonnes. Both the yield and area planted increased by 5% in 2013 to 5.0 t/ha and 2,000 ha respectively.

Potatoes: The pre-harvest production estimate of maincrop ware and seed potatoes is 139,000 tonnes, 4% higher in 2013 than in 2012. This was solely due to an increase in the area planted as potato yields remain unchanged from the previous season. Moderate yields are attributed to variable growing conditions during the spring and summer of 2013. The total pre-harvest estimate, including early varieties, increased to 141,000 tonnes.

Provisional results from DEFRA show that UK yields of barley, wheat and oats have all increased compared with 2012. This linkexternal link below provides the latest UK results.

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