The final results from the AHDB Early Bird Survey of cropping intentions for harvest 2019 highlight increased winter crop planting compared with 2017/18.
The survey predicts an increased proportion of winter crops planted across most regions at the expense of spring barley, down three per cent on 2018 and oilseed rape, also down three per cent. Arable fallow is down 15 per cent.
Following ideal planting and establishment conditions for wheat and winter barley this autumn in many regions, AHDB forecasts that the planted area of these crops in the UK is expected to increase by four per cent and 14 per cent, respectively, on 2018 area.
Northern and western regions of the UK look to have seen the biggest shift in planting from 2018 areas. This is likely to reflect a switch back to winter crops from spring crops following the difficult wet planting conditions faced in autumn 2017, according to AHDB.
The survey includes plantings up until mid-November 2018, plus planting intentions at that point in time.
Winter planting surveys from DAERA and the Scottish Government are due in February and March.