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U.K. Wheat Area Little Changed; Barley, Rapeseed to Rise

November 09, 2011

(Updates with data on area left unplanted in fourth paragraph.)

Nov. 9 (Bloomberg) -- U.K. wheat planting will be similar to last year while rapeseed seedings will gain about 8 percent, the Home-Grown Cereals Authority said in a report, citing data from the Melton Mowbray, England-based Andersons Centre.

Growers will plant about 1.965 million hectares (4.86 million acres) with wheat in the 2011-12 marketing year compared with 1.968 million the prior year, according to the survey, which was done by The Andersons Centre, a farm-business consultant. Winter barley area will gain about 5 percent to 375,000 hectares and rapeseed planting may jump to 758,000 hectares, according to the report.

“On the back of a steadying market, the wheat area is predicted to be similar to 2011,” said Imogen Goatman, a researcher at The Andersons Centre. “Drilling has been fast and good in England, but slower in northern Scotland.”

The area left fallow, or unplanted, will fall 12 percent to 137,000 hectares, the lowest since the 2004-2005 marketing year when a compulsory amount of land was set aside for conservation purposes, Goatman said by phone.

The spring barley area will fall about 6 percent to 573,000 hectares, while oat seedings will gain 6 percent, according to the report.

--Editors: John Deane, Dan Weeks

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