By FWi staff

RECENT wet weather threatens to wreak havoc with this years cereal harvest, according to the Home-Grown Cereals Authority.

Some crops have already succumbed to lodging in many parts of the country, the HGCA reports. And disease in wheat and barley is beginning to dampen what many farmers had expected would be a bumper harvest.

Although May was a dry month, with only 40% of the expected rainfall, June is already looking wet. Heavy rain fell throughout much of the weekend and more is expected today (Monday).

Farmers in some areas suggest that yields of barley may be below average. And, with harvest getting closer, the projected 16.3 million tonne wheat crop is now “slightly optimistic”, say HGCA analysts.

Meanwhile, the durum wheat harvest is underway in southern Europe. Early reports from Spain indicate that the quality of the crop is worse than expected and some durum wheat may be downgraded to feed.