SPECIALIST arable farmers reckon winter wheats are unlikely to ever outperform this years results.
Benefiting from marginally more moisture than the east, they have harvested about 0.62t/ha (0.25t/acre) more grain than average, with very high specific weight. Most growers have also avoided drying costs of about £6/t.
Sample weighings suggest David Williams of Upper Womaston, Presteigne, harvested his "highest ever" 9.67t/ha (3.85t/acre) of wheat from Hunter and Brigadier after potatoes. Brigadiers "outstanding" result raised the average by 7-8%.
Mr Williamss Gaelic and Fighter winter barleys did "a reasonably good" 7.5t/ha (3t/acre), with a good sample and no drying.
As he hurried to finish winter wheat before showers forecast for today (Friday), barometer farmer Meurig Raymond anticipated an average yield well over 10t/ha (4t/acre).
"We are getting excellent yields of up to 11.68t/ha (4.65t/acre) from a few fields," he says. "It is a lovely sample, with a specific weight of 80kg/hl, and we are baling 5t/ha – 2 t/acre – of good quality straw."
But expectations are lower for spring oilseed rape. Having swathed at Trenewydd Fawr and several neighbouring units, he knows the crop has suffered badly from the drought. Low yields are expected.