Cereal production rose between 2013 and 2014 by 4384,000 tonnes to 3.2 million tonnes. This represents a recovery from the 2012 crop year, when decreased production was caused by poor growing conditions and a wet and prolonged harvest period. The overall increase in cereal production this year is due to a 13 per cent increase in yields, as total area remained largely unchanged.
The recent 10 year average yield is seven per cent above the previous decade’s. Long term increases are likely to be due to improved efficiency in practices and development and use of high yielding varieties.
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Final Estimate of the Cereal and Oilseed Rape Harvest 2014