THE size of the UK's harvest rose slightly this year, according to figures published yesterday.

Estimates from the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) showed wheat production was up ten per cent to a total of 15.7 million tonnes.

Barley production fell eight per cent to 5.9 million tonnes and oats were down 13 per cent to 700,000 tonnes.

Overall, cereal production increased four per cent to 22.3 million tonnes.

The wet weather in August meant the harvest was brought in late in England.

Defra announced recently that farmers in areas worst hit by the weather would get priority when annual subsidies are paid out in a few weeks' time.