The total area sown to cereals in Great Britain over the last season shows a slight increase says the 2006 HGCA Planting Survey, the first full estimate of plantings for the 2006 harvest.

The results indicate that wheat and oats plantings are slightly up on last year, although barley and oilseed rape are both slightly down.

The survey results show a total wheat area of 1.87m ha, an increase of 12,000ha on last year and suggest that around 15% of the 2006 wheat crop was planted to Group 1 varieties, compared to 12% last season. Group 2 varieties account for 27% of the surveyed area (21% last season) and Group 3 varieties make up 42% (55% last season). Group 4 wheat

was planted on 14% of sur-veyed area, an increase from 11% last season.