Area of total crops in UK has increased by 1.6%
The area of total crops has increased by 1.6%, helping to offset the 7.8% decrease in uncropped arable land.
UK wheat yields increased by 7.3%, rising from 7.9 tonnes per hectare in 2016 to 8.5 tonnes per hectare in 2017.
This helped to offset the reduction in area planted, and resulted in an increase in UK provisional wheat production of 5.4% to 15.2 million tonnes.
The UK barley yield also increased, rising by 5.4% from 5.9 tonnes per hectare in 2016 to 6.3 tonnes per hectare in 2017.
The provisional production estimate for 2017 is 7.4 million tonnes.
Winter planted barley saw a 3.6% decrease in area, however strong yields resulted in production estimates for winter planted barley rising 7.3% to 3 million tonnes.
The spring planted barley area increased by 10%, and combined with a small increase in yield this meant that production grew 13% to 4.3 million tonnes.
Areas of oats had the largest proportional increase of the major cereal crops rising by 14% to 161 thousand hectares.
The yield increased marginally, resulting in an estimated production increase of 14% to 0.9 million tonnes in 2017. ■