Great Britain: Wheat acreage will recover in 2021

Britain's wheat acreage for the 2021 crop will recover and should be above the five-year average, according to a survey published today.
The wheat cultivation area is 1.815 million hectares, which corresponds to an increase of 28.3% compared to the 2020 harvest. In 2020, unfavorable conditions forced many farmers to switch from sowing winter wheat to spring barley.
"While this is a significant increase, after last year's tough campaign, it's no surprise that many growers are turning to summer crops," the AHDB said, noting that the area equals the 1.816 million hectares reached in 2019 .
The rapeseed area fell by 18.1% to 318,000 hectares, which is the lowest level since 1986.
"Concerns about the risks, economic feasibility and pest prevalence of this catch crop were cited as particular challenges," the AHDB said.
Flea beetles have been a growing threat to UK rapeseed in recent years after the use of insecticides known as neonicotinoids to protect bees was banned.
The barley acreage in spring fell by 30% to 767,000 hectares, and producers switched back to winter wheat.
The survey is carried out every fall to assess national growing intentions. It is carried out by the Andersons Center with the help of the Association of Independent Crop Consultants (AICC) and other agronomists.

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