Farmers are making the most of more settled weather across much of the country, although some areas remain cloudy and damp.
At Priors Farm, Newbury, Berkshire, harvest and fieldwork was at full speed, with combining, baling and drilling all underway.
George Brown had not cut wheat for a couple of weeks, moving instead into Tipple spring barley, which was yielding just under 7.4t/ha (3t/acre).
“It’s got perfect germination and is 1.7% nitrogen, so that’s met expectations.”
In Lincolnshire, Edward Whitfield was combining Fuego spring beans today (1 September) at Gibbs Farm, Spalding, and was very pleased with yields.
“On the lighter land they were averaging 4.2t/ha (1.7t/acre), but we’ve just moved onto the better bodied land and they’re doing 7.4t/ha (3t/acre), which is very good.”
Further north, Richard Beachell had finished harvest at Field House Farm, Bainton, Humberside, with somewhat mixed results.
“The second wheats were slightly below average; first wheats did really well on heavy land, but were a bit disappointing on lighter land.
“We have a yield mapper on the combine, and there’s a wide variation over the farm, which is interesting, because in a normal year our fields are fairly even.”
But in Scotland, damp conditions continued to frustrate harvest efforts.
“It’s desperate – we’ve had high pressure all week, but it’s just drizzle and cloud, with no wind at all,” said Frank Thomson at Burnside of Tynet, Clochan, Morayshire.
“The barley is just sitting there and we’re not even a third of the way through.”
In the week to Tuesday, farmers harvested just 250,000ha (617,500 acres), less than half of the usual average, according to the HGCA.
Harvest progress was now on par with normal, although in Scotland it was running late.
“Around 75% of the total combinable crop area is now harvested,” said the report.