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Production Cycle for winter wheat (typical)

Winter wheatWinter wheat

September - ploughing

October - Cultivations and drilling or min till operations

November - Weed and aphid control

March - Fertiliser top-dressing

April - Fertiliser top-dressing

April - Weed control

May - Weed and disease control

June - Disease control

August - Winter wheat harvesting

Operations can vary by as much as a month according to weather and geographic location.


Production Cycle for spring wheat (typical)

Spring wheatSpring wheat

November - Autumn ploughing

February - Cultivations and drilling

March - Fertiliser top-dressing

April - Fertiliser top-dressing

April - Fertiliser top-dressing

May - Weed and disease control

August - Spring wheat harvesting

Operations can vary by as much as a month according to weather and geographic location. In recent years, with warmer winters, there has been a move to drill spring wheat earlier than would have occurred in the past.







Statistics for Wheat

Wheat
2000
2001
2002
2003
2004
2005
2006
2007
2008
2009
2010
Wheat - area
(000 hectares)
2 086 1 635 1 996 1 836 1 990 1 867 1 836 1 830 2 080 1 775 1 939
Wheat imports
(£ million nominal prices)
147.3 118.0 93.4 135.0 144.2 216.4 318.1 256.4
Wheat exports
(£ million nominal prices)
118.7 292.0 207.8 198.8 206.9 240.4 401.7 304.9
Balance of trade wheat
(£ million nominal prices)
-28.6 174.0 114.4 63.8 57.8 23.0 83.6 48.5
Production area wheat
(000 hectares)
2 086 1 635 1 996 1 837 1 990 1 867 1 836 1 830 2 080 1 775 1 939
Production volume wheat
(000 tonnes)
16 704 11 580 15 973 14 288 15 473 14 863 14 755 13 221 17 227 14 076 14 878
Wheat value incl area payments
(£ millions)
1 600 1 207 1 541 1 441 1 679 1 018 1 066 1 325 2 241 1 562 1 680
Yield - wheat
(tonnes / hectare)
8.0 7.1 8.0 7.8 7.8 8.0 8.0 7.2 8.3 7.9 7.7
Price milling wheat
(£ / tonne)
74 79 74 77 87 76 76 109 152 122 122
Price feed wheat
(£ / tonne)
66 71 67 69 78 66 72 99 127 108 113
Total new supply wheat
(000 tonnes)
14 208 11 259 15 716 11 495 13 964 13 572 13 667 12 547 15 709 12 932 12 654
Total domestic use wheat
(000 tonnes)
13 152 13 387 13 218 13 410 13 357 13 684 13 587 13 436 13 573 13 742 13 885
Wheat production as % UK use
(%)
118% 103% 102% 124% 111% 110% 108% 105% 110% 109% 118%

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