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Government’s 2021 wheat and barley production estimates released
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<blockquote data-quote="Agriland RSS" data-source="post: 7787909" data-attributes="member: 105608"><p>Written by Michelle Martin from Agriland</p><p></p><p>The Department of Environment, Food and Rural affairs (DAERA) has released the first estimate of this year’s UK wheat and barley harvest.</p><p></p><p>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%.</p><p></p><p>These results are produced using England and Scotland’s provisional data. Wales and Northern Ireland do not produce provisional harvest estimates, the release notes.</p><p></p><p>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.</p><p></p><p>The provisional barley production figure has decreased however, by 12.4%. This is below the five-year average of 7.3 million tonnes.</p><p></p><p>A full run-through of wheat are barley on UK agricultural holdings over the past five years (2016-2021) can be seen below:</p><p></p><table style='width: 100%'><tr><td><strong>2016</strong></td><td><strong>2017</strong></td><td><strong>2018</strong></td><td><strong>2019</strong></td><td><strong>2020</strong></td><td><strong>2021</strong></td><td><strong>% change (2021-2020)</strong></td><td></td>