The winter barley harvest is 90% complete across the UK, while some 80% of the oilseed rape crop has been cut and just 5% of winter wheat has been combined, according to the latest harvest report from crop consultancy Adas.
This means the UK cereals and oilseed rape harvest is now 30% finished as of 9 August – equivalent to 988,000ha of crops harvested, which is similar progress to that made in 2015.
Early wheat yields are in a wide range of 5.4-12.5t/ha, with typical yields in the East and South-east of England at 8.7-8.9t/ha, above the five-year UK farm average of 7.9t/ha.
Early indications are that wheat quality is good, with specific weights of 68-78kg/hl and Hagbergs over 300 for milling varieties. However, there is little information on protein levels.
Some 2% of spring barley is cut, with yields reported in a wide range of 5.5-9.0t/ha – compared with a five-year UK farm average of 5.6t/ha. Early quality is better than winter barley, with low screenings and good specific weights.
Typical winter barley yields are at 5.9-6.3t/ha – against a five-year UK national average of 6.8t/ha – with a specific weight range of 48-69kg/hl and a weekly average of 58kg/hl.
Oilseed rape yields are typically 3.0-3.2t/ha, after a five-year average of 3.6t/ha. Reports from a number of regions show that seed size is smaller than average and oil contents are low.