UK Wheat & Barley Report 2021

A general insight into UK wheat and barley rates, first estimate reports for 2021.

Key highlights

  • Total UK wheat harvest yield reported at 14,022 thousand tonnes.
  • Total UK barley harvest yield reported at 7,108 thousand tonnes.
  • The 2021 yield for wheat is significantly improved on 2020 figures.
  • The 2022 yield for barley is down on 2020 figures.

Data is provided by Defra. Includes England and Scotland. Wales and Northern Ireland do not report.

Farmer inspects unripe wheat kernels
Farmer inspects unripe wheat kernels

Favourable weather and planting conditions have led to improved fertile area for wheat.

Wet weather in 2020, forced many farmers to plant Spring-sown barley. Therefore, improved conditions in 2021, saw a decline in barley from the previous year.

2021 Wheat yields are above the five year average (2016-2020), at 13.7 million tonnes.

 

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%

Data subject to revisions.

Sources:

Farming Statistics – 2021, UK wheat and barley production first estimate

Defra Report

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