UK cereals supply and demand estimates

Updated 24 February 2021
The balance between supply and demand sets the overall tone of the domestic market. AHDB publishes forecasts of cereal supply and demand for the UK split into the areas of availability, consumption, exports and stocks.

Latest UK cereal supply and demand: February 2021

Key points

  • Wheat consumption at lowest levels on record is not enough to ease tightness of the balance sheet.
  • Total availability of barley reduced as Defra cut production estimate.
  • Increased maize imports means total availability is 7% higher year on year.
  • Oat production is well above the 5-year average leading to highest recorded levels of domestic consumption.  
Download the second official 2020/21 UK supply and demand estimates

Historic UK supply and demand

Get involved

As part of our work on UK cereals supply and demand we run two groups to enhance our offering to the industry – the AHDB Cross Sector Working Group and the AHDB Audit Function Group.

The aim of the two groups is to gain more industry input into the balance sheet forecasts before they are finalised, as well as ensuring all data is up-to-date and accurate.

To find out more or if you are interested in joining either group, please do get in contact with the AHDB Balance Sheet Team at

Download terms of reference (TOR) for both groups.

AHDB cross sector working group - TOR AHDB audit function group - TOR

Additional information

Next update: by 27 May 2021* 

*subject to revision

Contact us

For further infomation please contact the AHDB Balance Sheet Team at