Growers are being encouraged to complete this year’s annual survey to provide the earliest view of Great Britain’s planted area for the upcoming harvest.
Organised by the Agriculture and Horticulture Development Board, the planting and variety survey will estimate the area of wheat, barley, oats and oilseed rape intended for harvest in 2021 in Great Britain.
The AHDB says the survey aims to accurately quantify the harvested area of cereals and oilseed rape. It says the results can help all levy payers make better informed grain marketing decisions.
The information can be used to shape the domestic market and trade. It details regional cropping differences – and can help plant breeders as they develop new plant varieties.
George Mason, senior executive at Heygates mills, said: “We seem to have entered a period where UK wheat crop dynamics have become a little more unpredictable.
“It is imperative that all those involved with grains have an accurate and timely appraisal of what is developing across the entire country. They will then be in a position of knowledge and can lead on the correct and appropriate trading decisions.
“As individuals we have little chance to obtain such information and so the data provided by the AHDB via the planting and variety survey is invaluable.”
Robin Appel trading director Jonathan Arnold said: “Our island status and size of population mean forward planning to meet demand is more important. It is very much in growers’ interests to ensure domestic demand is met by crops grown here in the UK.”
To complete the survey – at springplanting.ahdb.org.uk – growers simply provide the area harvested in 2020, their intended harvest area for 2021 and the variety of each crop listed. Results will be available in July.