Farmers have blazed through harvest in East Anglia over the past week, and are likely to be almost finished by the weekend, says Fengrain’s John Whitelam.

“What a difference a week makes. The crops are drier – they’re now below 15% moisture, so they’re easier to combine.”

The store was now about three-quarters full, against just a quarter one week ago.

Wheat quality was encouraging, with Solstice at 13% protein, Cordiale at 12.5% and Einstein at about 12%. “It’s all very usable.”

Spring barley was now coming off thick and fast, averaging 1.6-1.7% nitrogen with a nice sample, said Mr Whitelam.

Peas had also been pleasing, at about 5t/ha (2t/acre), he added.

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