21 September 2001

Patchy close for other UK regions

PATCHY wet weather across the country has hampered harvest for those with crops still to cut.

In north Norfolk, on-shore winds and persistent rain have prevented wheat and spring barley from being cleared.

"Anyone with wheat left is feeling pretty miserable at the moment. They are snatching at it in the mid-20s moisture which is unusual here," says Aylsham Grains Andrew Dewing.

Wheat yields in the region were on course to be about 10% below long-term averages, but the tail end could drag that down further.

With spring barley and beans also left, about 10% of co-operative members combineable area is still to cut, he estimates.

Viking Cereals Paul Toseland also reports odds and ends of late-sown winter wheat, spring barley, and beans to come while in Northumberland Coastal Grains Terence Pardoe estimated there was 25-30% of wheat left as of Monday.

"It has been very variable – we have had yields of 1t/acre to 5t/acre across our weighbridge."

Quality so far has been reasonable for both milling wheat and spring barley, he adds.

"We have not had the same problems as theyve had north of the Tweed." &#42