UK Plantings For 2011

15/11/10 -- A survey by Andersons on behalf of the HCGA suggests that UK wheat plantings will increase by a fairly modest 3% to 1.974 million hectares for the 2011 harvest.

The domestic OSR area is seen 6% higher to a record 678,000 hectares, bucking the trend on the continent where EU-27 plantings are forecast around 5% lower - largely as a result of the very wet August/September in Germany and Poland.

Disillusioned barley growers are seen shying even further away from the grain, with UK winter plantings down 5% to 361,000 ha and spring barley area down 2% to 533,000 ha.

The area given over to pulses is seen falling sharply, down 21% to 168,000 ha.