Common Crops and Plans on UK Farms

Farms in the United Kingdom grow a medley of delectable vegetables. Nature has intended us to eat things produced from the earth and the United Kingdom is a prime example of where you can find a diverse goods basket.

Cereals

farm20Cereal is one of the most sustaining of foods. In the United Kingdom over 488,000 hectares are dedicated to these foods. Of these 488,000 hectares, 332,000 hectares are committed to barley and 100,000 hectares to wheat. There are a further 24,000 hectares of oats.

Scotland is the primary cereal grower boasting a whopping 28% of the United Kingdom’s barley production. Most farms, if not all of them, have over half of their lands dedicated to cereals. Scotland has the highest concentration of farms in the East, where the best quality lands are found.

Potatoes

farm21These root veggies are also a major money earner for the United Kingdom. Once again, Scotland has risen to the top as the major producer of seed potatoes. In recent times over 27,000 hectares of potatoes has been used in Scotland for the production of these vegetables with an estimated tonnage of approximately 1.15 million. 2,700 holdings are responsible for this enormous potato output.

Fruit and Vegetables

farm22There are numerous kinds of fruits and vegetables grown on farms in the United Kingdom. Approximately 18,000 hectares out of all their arable lands are dedicated to fresh fruit and vegetables. Out of these 18,000 hectares, 1,300 are devoted to fruit growing, but the best lands are reserved for field vegetables like carrots. In Scotland, approximately 2,500 tonnes of raspberries are produced every cycle with a further 4,700 tonnes of strawberries.

In places like Angus where the soil is very fertile, you can find a greater concentration of fruit being produced there. Rhubarb is also a major agricultural product in the United Kingdom. Like carrots, rhubarb is also only grown in select locations.

Beyond the primary income earners, beans, turnips and beans are also grown on farms in the United Kingdom. Added to this list are leeks, broccoli, mushrooms, cabbage and yummy Brussel sprouts. Although the majority of these vegetables are grown for human consumption and exportation, some are also produced to make animal feed as the United Kingdom is also a major player in the meat industry.

Bulbs and flowers, although very popular, are not grown on such a large scale with only a handful of farmers growing these plants.