Cereal is a grass which produces edible grain, the grains are usually starchy for example wheat, barley and oats. Other cereals include rye, rice, sorghum, and millet. Cereal production in Scotland is concentrated in the East of the country where land is generally of a higher quality and the climate is more suitable. Cereals can be susceptible to a variety of weeds, pests and diseases and the highest yielding producers use a variety of control methods to reduce the impact these pests have on a crop, known as Integrated Pest Management. Cereal crops tend to be categorised into spring or winter crops, this simply refers to the time of year the crop was planted.
For information on recommended variety lists & cereal growth stages, please use the following links:
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