July 22, 2008


UK's 2008 grain area up 13 percent on-year


UK's 2008 cereal area is up 13 percent on-year at 3.18 million hectares, the Home Grown Cereals Authority said Monday (July 21).


Wheat and barley area is sharply up this year, after increases in price and changes to the set-aside policy allowing for more land to be planted, said Icaro Rebolledo, HGCA economist.


Leading the way, total wheat area is estimated to be up 14 percent on-year at 2.07 million hectares, an HGCA farmer survey shows.


Total barley area is estimated to be up 12 percent on-year at 981,000 hectares, with spring barley accounting for 565,000 hectares.


Barley grown for malting use rose to 72 percent of the total area, up from 68 percent last year.


Total rapeseed area is estimated to be down 13 percent from 2007 at 681,000 hectares.


After the EU abolished its mandatory 10 percent arable land set-aside scheme, total set-aside land in UK is down 46 percent to 191,000 hectares. This figure deducts non-food crops grown on set-aside in 2007, as allowed under a previous scheme.

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