23 August 2002

Wheat yields are good, but quality is variable across the country. Here, Peter Padgett cuts Claire at Butchlands Farm, near Littleport, Cambs. Yield at 8.6t/ha (3.5t/acre) is up on the 7.4t/ha (3t/acre) long-term average for the farm. "We have another few acres to do off this fen skirt land and then we want to get into the Chablis spring wheat," he said earlier this week.

Allied – most English malt usable

MOST English spring malting barleys cut to date are "usable", according to Allied Grain.

With growers torn between combining a range of crops all ripening together spring barley is following a similar quality pattern to that of the winter crop, notes Allied Grains Chris Toft.

With only 30-40% of the spring barleys in the south cut and little more than half done in the east there is a wide range of nitrogens and screenings, he reports. "We have seen nitrogens of 1.3-1.9 in Optic and screenings of 3% to as high as 15. But there is no evidence of weather damage."

lFirst NIAB trials results, from three East Anglian sites and one in Yorks, show spring barleys averaging 7.27t/ha (2.94t/acre), 5.8% up on the five-year mean. &#42