Winter barley harvest has begun in Raskelf, Yorkshire where nine hectares of Carat cut at 8.4t/ha. Contractor Chris Smith said results were above the five year average with bushel weights of 69kg/hl and moisture levels at 16%.

“The sun came out at the right time and we dodged most of the showers. Many didn’t miss them in the area but the barley is looking as good as it has in a long time,” he said.

Farmer Ian Elsworth said yields were “quite pleasing considering it has been very dry”. He plans to cut the final 12ha by the end of the week and then 40ha of Lioness and Canberra oilseed rape within ten days. Mr Smith said the oilseed rape was looking very well after having left it to ripen naturally.

“Things aren’t looking too bad at the moment,” added Mr Elsworth.