Government’s 2021 wheat and barley production estimates released

The Department of Environment, Food and Rural affairs (DAERA) has released the first estimate of this year’s UK wheat and barley harvest.

In a report published yesterday, Monday, October 11, wheat production – when compared to 2020 – is estimated to have increased by 45%, while barley production is expected to have decreased by 12.4%.

These results are produced using England and Scotland’s provisional data. Wales and Northern Ireland do not produce provisional harvest estimates, the release notes.

The provisional 2021 wheat harvest for the UK is 14.0 million tonnes. This is higher than the five-year average (2016-2020) of 13.7 million tonnes.

The provisional barley production figure has decreased however, by 12.4%. This is below the five-year average of 7.3 million tonnes.

Wheat and barley estimates

A full run-through of wheat are barley on UK agricultural holdings over the past five years (2016-2021) can be seen below:

2016 2017 2018 2019 2020 2021 % change (2021-2020)
Wheat 14,383 14,837 13,555 16,225 9,658 14,022 45.2%
Barley 6,655 7,169 6,510 8,048 8,117 7,108 -12.4%

Further provisional harvest statistics will be published this Thursday, October 14. Stay tuned to Agriland for those details.

The final results are planned to be published on December 16.