After a poor year in 2016, Scotland’s cereal harvest is expected to increase by 12% contributing to our disproportionate production of food and drink within the UK. Did Ruth Davidson have something to do with it as she mocked her leader? I’ve mentioned this more times than, maybe, I should:
From the National Statistics for Scotland, we hear:
‘Despite less favourable conditions in September, Scottish farms are estimated to produce 3.1 million tonnes of cereals this year, including 1.9 million tonnes of barley and one million tonnes of wheat. The total is eight per cent up on the ten-year average….Overall yields are expected to average at a record high of 7.1 tonnes per hectare; ranging from 6.2 tonnes per hectare for spring barley to 9.0 for wheat. The yield however is expected to be the highest recorded, at about 6.2 tonnes per hectare. Winter barley likewise saw a 13 per cent increase to 371,000 tonnes, with wheat increasing seven per cent to 988,000 tonnes. Oats saw a third consecutive increase, with record yields for the second year, and the crop expected to top 215,000 tonnes for the first time since the 1970s.’
In sharp contrast the overall UK picture is bleak. According to Farming Insight, on wheat:
‘Wheat prices have dropped back as the UK harvest ground to a halt following widespread showers.’
I have to say I’m puzzled as to how ‘widespread showers’ in England caused the wheat harvest to grind to a halt yet ‘less favourable conditions in September’ in Scotland’ still resulted in a 7% increase in the same crop. Can any weather obsessives out there enlighten me?