Wheat harvest is likely to be about three-quarters through in the South of England by this weekend, according to Frontier’s Jon Duffy.

“A lot of England will be well through, but many crops aren’t really fit further north.” He reckoned harvest would be about 40% through in the North by the weekend.

Milling wheat quality had been reasonable, although protein contents were variable, he said. Hagberg numbers were fine, and he had seen very few sprouted grains.

Yields had also proven variable, depending on the soil type and weather during the autumn and earlier in the spring.

“Where it went into a good seedbed and was well established, yields have been better than expected across all commodities.”

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