Essex farmer Tom Bradshaw says his spring barley harvest is exceeding expectations at Fordham, near Colchester.
The malting variety Charmay shown being cut here yielded a healthy 2.9t/acre, coming off the field at 16.5% moisture.
Destined for Carlsberg, germination is good, screenings are low and quality is high.
Fields are soft underfoot, but Mr Bradshaw said he had few complaints.
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