Milling wheat proteins are 0.5-0.75% higher than last year, according to Chris Tye, farm business manager at Dalmark Grain, Peterborough.

“People are quite pleased that at least the quality is there, as it’s helping the marketability of the crops.”

Bushelweights and Hagbergs had been fine – and the Group 2 variety Marksman had proven particularly pleasing, averaging well over 9.9 t/ha (4t/acre) in most cases, at 13.6% protein.

Cordiale averaged 12.6%, with Solstice at 12.8%, both with Hagbergs well over 300 and bushelweights above 78kg/hl.

“The fact that Marksmen and Cordiale are particularly early ripeners has again been very valuable in securing the sort of quality we need under another set of challenging harvest conditions,” said Mr Tye.

In general, first wheats had been pleasantly surprising, with second wheats mainly disappointing. Oakley and Viscount had done well, and mycotoxin levels were low across the board, he added.

Harvest was 90-95% complete in the area, with many farmers now cutting winter beans, and pushing to finish before tomorrow’s (26 August) forecast rain.

Milling Wheat Quality

Variety   Protein (%)  Kg/hl  Hagberg  

 Solstice

 12.76  78.7  336  
 Marksman  13.64  76.3  384  
 Cordiale  12.64  78.4  379  
 

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Duxford winter wheat is an HGCA Recommended List 2009/10 variety with very high UK treated yields and a maximum 9 rating for resistance to lodging with and without PGR. Combined with the highest second wheat yield and a balanced disease resistance profile, Duxford will continue to help UK growers meet the challenge of producing more grain profitably.

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