GB Cereals and Oilseeds planting area decreases

Published 7 July 15

The latest planting and variety survey, from AHDB Cereals & Oilseeds, suggests a decline in the total cereal and oilseed rape area to 3.72Mha, down 2% compared to the previous year. The areas of wheat and oilseed rape are estimated to have fallen while the total barley area is expected to increase. It seems that much of these changes have taken place in Eastern regions and Scotland in response to the control of blackgrass in wheat crops and to comply with the new three crop rule under CAP. In addition, a ban on neonicotinoid seed treatments is suggested to have contributed to the oilseed rape area falling compared to 2014.

 

Area

% Change compared to 2014

Wheat

1.87Mha

- 3%

Barley

1.09Mha

+ 3%

Oilseed rape

627,000ha

- 7%

                                                                                                            Source: AHDB Cereals & Oilseeds