Cereal stocks

Updated 27 August 2020
This information shows the volume of cereal stocks held by merchants, ports and co-operatives in the UK at the end of February and June each year. The level of stocks held in the UK is a key factor for the market in determining price trends. This information is used to produce the UK cereals supply and demand estimates.

Overview: June 2020

  • As at 26 June 2020, an estimated 1.046 million tonnes of wheat stocks were held by merchants, ports and co-ops in the UK, 10.3% higher year on year. At 876.3 thousand tonnes, home-grown wheat stocks were 19.2% higher on the year, while imported wheat stocks were 20.3% lower (169.5 thousand tonnes).
  • At 417.4 thousand tonnes, the amount of home-grown barley held by merchants, ports and co-ops at end-June was unchanged year on year. Stocks of home-grown oats were 20.7% lower on the year at 53.5 thousand tonnes.
  • Total stocks of maize held by merchants, ports and co-ops as at 26 June were 28.4% lower than the same period in 2019 at 197.8 thousand tonnes.
Latest release

View the latest UK merchants, ports and co-operatives (MPC) cereal stocks infomation

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Cereal stocks held by merchants, ports and co-ops in the UK at end-June

Source: AHDB, Defra

*Insufficient sample to produce robust figure.

(1) Imported barley and oats are summed due to confidentiality constraints. 

(2) Maize is reported as a total of home grown and imported.

Contact us

For further infomation please contact the AHDB Balance Sheet Team at balance.sheet.team@ahdb.org.uk

Additional information

The England and Wales on-farm cereal stocks survey is carried out seperately by Defra. Similar to the merchants, ports and co-operatives survey, it is carried out as at the end of February and June each year with the results published by Defra in the spring and summer. The on-farm cereal stocks information can be found here.

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