The harvest fell 11 per cent year on year
Scotland’s 2016 cereal harvest has fallen 11 per cent year on year as yields and area both fell, according to figures from the Scottish Government.
Scottish farms produced 2.8m tonnes of cereals, including 1.6t of barley and 900,000t of wheat. The harvest was 5 per cent lower than the 10 year average.
The fall was due to an 8 per cent fall in overall cereal yields and a reduction of 3 per cent in area of land sown to 480,000ha (1,186,106 acres).
Overall yields averaged 6.4t/ha ranging from 5.4 t/ha for spring barley to 8.4t/ha for wheat.
Spring barley fell 15 per cent to 1.30mt, the lowest since 1997 and winter barley saw a 19 per cent fall to 329,000t. Wheat fell 9 per cent to 926,000t. Only oats saw positive results, with the crop topping 200,000t for the first time since the 1970s.
Oilseed rape had a particularly poor year, with yields averaging around 3.3t/ha, resulting in the lowest production since records began in 1992, at 102,000t.