Milling wheat quality has benefited from the dry harvesting conditions, with the highest Hagbergs recorded since 1990.

According to provisional HGCA cereal quality survey estimates, Hagbergs were averaging 334 seconds – almost 100 seconds higher than last year and well above the usual average of 263.

Bushel weights were also good, averaging 77.8kg/hl, said the report. Moisture contents were low, at 14.8%, and protein contents were higher than normal, at 12.4%.

“However, these results are affected by the fact a large proportion of samples to date are from the East of England where the greatest harvest progress has been made, and are predominantly from group one and two varieties,” said senior analyst Amandeep Kaur Purewal.

“As harvest progresses and more nabim group three and four samples are included in the wheat analysis, there will be changes to the data.”

Barley samples were reasonable, with specific weights averaging 67.9kg/hl, nitrogen contents 1.66% and moisture 14.6%.

However, screenings were higher than normal, with up to 8% passing through a 2.25mm sieve (average 2%); and as little as 77% retained through a 2.5mm sieve (average 92.7%).

“Compared to 2012, overall samples for both wheat and barley have improved, but the real question must be how quality parameters will finally compare to more typical years rather than focusing on year-on-year comparisons.”