2022 was a report 12 months for cereal yields in Scotland, in accordance with not too long ago launched figures on the 2022 Scottish harvest.

Cereal and oilseed rape harvest: closing estimates – 2022 had been revealed by Scotland’s chief statistician at the moment (Tuesday, December 13), offering estimates of land use space, yield and manufacturing for spring and winter barley, wheat, oats and oilseed rape for 2022.

The estimates present that whole cereal yield is at a 20-year excessive in Scotland, rising 14% to 7.6t/ha in 2022.

Complete cereal manufacturing from the 2022 harvest is 3.1 million tonnes, which is a ten% improve in comparison with 2021 and the best degree since 2014.

Yield particularly for winter barley, wheat and oilseed rape are the best reported within the final 20 years. Manufacturing of oilseed rape is 16% increased than the common determine reported for the final decade.

Cereal manufacturing

Manufacturing additionally elevated, regardless of decreases within the sown space of spring barley and oats. The report yields of 2022 offset reductions in space.

Barley nonetheless accounted for 63% of whole cereal manufacturing in Scotland in 2022 nonetheless, and most (51%) of that is spring barley; round 12% of whole cereals is winter barley.

Wheat is the second most widespread crop, making up round 32% of whole cereal manufacturing. Oat contributed simply 5% of whole cereals produced.

Cereal production pie chart
Picture: gov.scot

In 2021, 50% of oats had been used for milling.

Oats are additionally utilized in specialist animal feed and in additional processing for oatcakes and porridge oats. In 2021, 27% of oats had been used for feed and an additional 10% bought to retailers for feed.

Wheat and barley are largely used for Scottish alcohol manufacturing.