Scots cereal harvest down

5 October 2001

Scots cereal harvest down

PRELIMINARY estimate of the 2001 Scottish cereal harvest is 2.8m tonnes – down 1.5% compared with 2000.

Figures from the Scottish Executive estimate an increase in barley production, due largely to a 9% improvement in yield. The area cropped also rose by 6% on the year.

Total barley production is estimated at 2m tonnes (with 364,000t of winter barley and 1.7m tonnes of spring varieties), up from 1.8m tonnesthe previous year.

Wheat production slipped back from last years 956,000t to an estimated 648,000t this year, due to an estimated 8% drop in yield and a 27% fall in the area sown.

Oats and other cereals account for an estimated 132,000t, bringing the total cereal harvest estimate for 2001 to 2.8mt. &#42

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