The UK oilseed rape harvest increased by 22.1 per cent to 2.2 million tonnes (mt) in 2017, according to latest Defra statistics.
There was a fall of 2.9 per cent in OSR planted area, however, average yield increased by 26 per cent, from 3.1t/ha (1.3t/acre) in 2016 to 3.9t/ha (1.6t/acre) in 2017. These yields are similar to those seen in 2015.
UK wheat yields increased by five per cent, rising from 7.9t/ha (3.2t/acre) in 2016 to 8.3t/ha (3.4t/acre) in 2017, according to the Defra figures.
This helped to offset the 1.7 per cent fall in area planted and resulted in an increase in UK provisional wheat production of 3.2 per cent to 14.8mt, according to Defra.
The UK barley yield also increased, rising by 2.7 per cent from 5.9t/ha (2.4t/acre) in 2016 to 6.1t/ha (2.5t/acre) in 2017. The total barley production for 2017 is 7.2mt.
Winter barley saw a 3.8 per cent decrease in area, however, strong yields resulted in winter barley production rising by 4.4 per cent to 2.9mt. The spring barley area rose by 10.4 per cent, and combined with a small decrease in yield this meant that production grew by 10.1 per cent to 4.2mt.
UK oat area had the largest proportional increase of the major cereal crops, rising by 14 per cent to 161,000ha (397,670 acres). Yield fell by 6.2 per cent on the year, to 5.4t/ha (2.1t/acre) resulting in an overall production increase of 7.2 per cent to 0.9mt in 2017, according to the Defra statistics.