OSR soars as barley drops in 98 plantings HGCA


By FWi staff

UK oilseed rape plantings are up 6.7% this year – and that may be an under-estimate, says the Home-Grown Cereals Authority.

In its 21st Planting Survey, published this week, the HGCA puts OSR plantings at 475,000ha – but admits that this figure may fall short of the actual acreage. Last year, MAFFs December census showed a rise in OSR acreage of 14% – more than the HGCA estimate – and this may be the case again this year.

In cereals, the authority puts total plantings at 3.462 million ha, 1% down on the June 1997 census. Of these, winter barley has dropped sharply by 6.2%, while spring barley is up 2.5% by acreage, wheat up marginally at 0.3% and oats by 0.6%.

The HGCA points out that for wheat and barley, its figures have a better track record than for OSR – last year, its survey gave almost identical figures to the June census.

Scottish wheat and barley plantings are estimated to have remained steady, with the same acreage as last year. But in barley, winter crops have dropped by 9,000ha, while spring plantings are up 6,000ha.


UK cereal and OSR areas, 19971-98

ENGLAND & WALES SCOTLAND NORTHERN IRELAND UNITED KINGDOM % CHANGE 1997-98
1997 19982 1997 19982 1997 19983 1997 19982
Wheat 1921 1927 109 109 7 6 2036 2043 +0.3
Barley 977 946 344 341 36 31 1358 1318 -2.9
Winter 753 708 79 70 8 10 839 787 -6.2
Spring 225 238 265 271 29 21 519 531 +2.5
Oats 76 75 21 24 2 1 100 100 +0.6
TOTAL
wheat, barley & oats
2974 2948 474 475 46 39 3494 3462 -0.9
Oilseed rape4 386 409 59 66 0.45 0.44 445 475 +6.7

  1. 1997 census
  2. HGCA estimate
  3. DANI estimate
  4. Excluding that grown on set-aside land


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