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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)
2086 1635 1996 1837 1990 1867 1836 1830 2080 1775 1939
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)
2086 1635 1996 1837 1990 1867 1833 1830 2080 1775 1939
Production volume wheat
(000 tonnes)
16704 11580 15973 14288 15473 14863 14735 13221 17227 14076 14878
Wheat value incl area payments
(£ millions)
1578 1227 1480 1572 1664 1001 1158 1426 2027 1550 1683
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 82 71 76 87 76 77 109 152 122 122
Price feed wheat
(£ / tonne)
65 75 63 68 77 67 72 99 127 108 113
Total new supply wheat
(000 tonnes)
14209 11259 15717 11763 14006 13572 13623 12547 15709 12932 12683
Total domestic use wheat
(000 tonnes)
13128 13385 13133 13279 13437 13700 13559 13475 13525 13736 14052
Wheat production as % UK use
(%)
118 103 102 121 110 110 108 105 110 109 117

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