Scotland’s overall cereal harvest to rise 12% in 2017 as rUK wheat crop falters


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:

With only 8% of the population, Scotland accounts for more than 28% of UK food and drink exports. Too wee to survive on our own?

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?

11 thoughts on “Scotland’s overall cereal harvest to rise 12% in 2017 as rUK wheat crop falters

    • macgilleleabhar October 4, 2017 / 11:21 am

      My question as well. All I can think of is that there has been a fall in quality.

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      • macgilleleabhar October 4, 2017 / 11:55 am

        Ergot fungus concerns due to a wet harvest may be the reason.
        Ergotism caused by eating infected flour or grain has been suggested to have been the cause of the problems in the community of Salem as it causes delusional behaviour.
        I am of the belief that Unionists who urge us to “Eat your cereal” have themselves eaten cereal that was contaminated with the fungus.

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  1. Clydebuilt October 4, 2017 / 2:31 pm

    Surprised that the Scottish cereal harvest has increased. . . Many west coast Farmers are struggling to get their silage in, ground’s too wet to take a tractor.
    Having said that, the majority of cereals are not grown on the West Coast.

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  2. gavin October 4, 2017 / 3:09 pm

    Did I feel the ground tremble? Oh, its Ruthie……………………………………………


    • Clydebuilt October 4, 2017 / 8:22 pm

      thought it was John and his bran flakes, other cereals are available, and grown in Scotland.

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  3. Ludo Thierry October 4, 2017 / 7:12 pm

    Hi John and Co. – Col. Davidson might not have time to report anyone for anything as she will be too busy trying to find an SNP BAAAD angle on this piece I found on beeb Scotland website (see below):

    The number of young women in Scotland showing early signs of potential cervical cancer has dropped by 41% since a school vaccination programme was introduced, researchers have said.

    The University of Aberdeen study looked at women who had received the Human Papilloma Virus (HPV) vaccine.

    It found 758 women were referred for further investigation in 2013-2014, down from 1,294 in 2008-2009.

    The vaccinations were introduced in 2008 for girls aged 12 and 13.

    From 2008-2010 there was also a catch-up programme to vaccinate girls who were older, up to the age 18, to increase the protected population.

    The team said the figures suggested the vaccine programme was delivering significant benefits 20 years earlier than expected.

    This is a fantastic story – so where did beeb Scotland manage to ‘hide’ it? – Yes, they ‘hid’ it on the Aberdeen/North East ‘local news’ page.

    It takes some kind of special genius to work that hard at hiding Scotland’s achievements – it really beggers belief.

    I’m not saying another Scottish ‘Executive’ wouldn’t have pushed this measure through – but the simple ‘fact’ of the matter is that it was introduced under the SNP Scottish Govt (and – hard to believe I know – there was some opposition to this measure being taken. So some political capital had to be expended in pushing it through at the time).

    Well, the figures speak for themselves: Real women – real health problems being avoided – real health spending being able to be diverted elsewhere in the health budget – real lives being preserved.

    Will we see the MSM go big on this? – will we heck.

    Ta, Ludo


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