First estimates of the Cereal and Oilseed Rape Harvest 2018.
Total cereal production, the area grown and yields in Scotland are estimated to have decreased in 2018 compared to the previous year. Poor weather conditions experienced at key times during the year may have contributed to the fall.
Around 420,000 hectares of cereals are estimated to have been grown, three per cent lower than 2017. Estimates for yield look likely to drop by six per cent, which may lead to a nine per cent drop in production, to 2.6 million tonnes.
Oilseed rape is expected to follow a similar pattern to cereal crops with drops in production, area and yield in 2018.
The first estimate of the Scottish harvest is based mainly on information gathered by a panel of industry experts. This is combined with provisional census results for the areas grown, to produce estimated production totals.
Final estimates of cereal areas will be published in the June Agricultural Census on 9th October.
Final estimates of the 2018 cereal harvest will be available in December. These are based on data gathered from a sample of farms across Scotland.
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