The Grain Chain

Harvest’s here


Virtually the entire UK cereal crop has now been harvested.  Figures from DEFRA (Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs) breakdown this year’s harvest as follows:

Crop Size (in million tonnes) Uses
Wheat 14.18
  • Feed people and animals;
  • some will be exported;
  • some will be used to produce renewable petrol fuel for cars.
Barley 6.75
  • Feed animals;
  • Make beer (in England);
  • Make whiskey (in Scotland).
Oilseed Rape 1.938
  • Crushed to produce cooking oil;
  • some may also be used for renewable diesel fuel for cars.
Oats 0.731
  • Used to make breakfast cereals and biscuits.

Designed for 14-16 year olds we have developed a whole section on arable farming.  This provides further information on wheat growing, storing grain and the wheat market; plus a case study of Upper Farm – a 500 hectare arable farm situated in Bradley, Hampshire and growing mainly wheat and malting barley.

Seasonal Recipes 20091026 muffins

There is plenty of delicious produce to be had as we head into autumn.  Apples were among the first fruits to be cultivated in the world and now there are more than 7,000 varieties.  Apples can be divided into two types – eating and cooking.  Cooking apples, as well as having a distinct flavour, hold their shape while cooking.  This is especially important for dishes such as pies and flans.  When buying apples ensure they are well rounded, firm and that the skins are as unblemished as possible. 20091026 Farmhouse Breakfast

Why not try our delicious apple muffin recipe – it takes just half an hour. 

Farmhouse Breakfast Week (24-30 January 2010)

Farmhouse Breakfast Week runs between 24–30 January 2010.  The new theme is ‘Breakfast Benefits’ and its aims are to demonstrate that breakfast really is the most important meal of the day.  The campaign raises awareness of the nutritional benefits of eating a healthy breakfast as part of a balanced diet and active lifestyle. 

Schools can get involved by setting up or promoting an existing breakfast club, organising their own Breakfast Games, or researching the history of breakfast.  For more information, to download an activity pack or to order free promotional materials including recipe booklets, event posters and stickers call 0247 647 8735 or visit

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