Farmers are making a start on winter wheat and spring barley in Kent, but there are reports of sprouted grains in Sussex, according to Grain Harvesters’ Charles Roberts.

Early indications of wheat yield and quality were reasonable, although only about 5-10% had been cut. “Proteins, in most cases, are fine, and bushelweights are good.”

One farmer was already halfway through his wheat, while others had not even started yet, he said. “It’s early days yet and the weather is not helping.

“There are reports of sprouted grain in places – but I can’t imagine it’s widespread. However, we have had some quite humid weather, which isn’t going to do the wheat any favours – we don’t want too much more of that.”

Fortunately, the Met Office was forecasting better weather towards the end of the week and for the next 10-14 days, with the South and East set to benefit from the driest and sunniest spells.

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