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Publication - Statistics Publication

Final Estimate of the Cereal and Oilseed Rape Harvest 2016

Published: 14 Dec 2016
Part of:
Farming and rural
ISBN:
9781786526861

Final estimates of the cereal and oilseed rape harvest for Scotland 2016.

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Final Estimate of the Cereal and Oilseed Rape Harvest 2016
7. Oilseed Rape

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7. Oilseed Rape

The majority of Scottish oilseed rape is winter oilseed rape and is mainly exported for biofuels, with a very small amount processed in Scotland for edible oil.

Oilseed Rape Estimates (charts 15 and 16)

Estimated oilseed rape production in 2016 decreased by 31 per cent to 102,000 tonnes, the lowest production volume since our records began in 1992. This was due to a 14 per cent reduction in area, and a 20 per cent drop in yield to 3.3 tonnes per hectare. This year's yield was affected by strong winds around harvest-time.

Over the last 20 years, oilseed rape production has fallen. This is in due to the fall in areas grown outweighing general increases in yields achieved. Fluctuations in yield have been more marked in recent years. In 2015, yields improved to their highest level on record, which partly explains why this year's fall is so large.

Chart 15 - Oilseed Rape: Area, Yield and Production

Chart 15 – Oilseed Rape: Area, Yield and Production

Chart 16 - Oilseed Rape Year-on-Year Change: Area, Yield and Production

Chart 16 – Oilseed Rape Year-on-Year Change: Area, Yield and Production

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