3 September 2001
Wheat quality holds, spring barley falls

MIKE CLAY of Hampshire Grain has been impressed with how wheat quality has held through harvest, but spring barley has deteriorated. He says there is 5% left of these crops, 60% of beans and 85% of peas already completed.

“Winter wheat hasnt been disappointing. Weve seen first crops average 4.25-4.5 t/acre (10.5-11.1t/ha). Even the bits which were expected to be poor have done better than expected.”

He is still seeing Hereward milling wheat, typically with Hagberg of 280 and soft wheat Claire and Consort at 200. “The weather has been patchy but it has not yet, or not appeared to have affected the quality.”

Spring barley tells a different story. “Samples in the last week have had higher nitrogen, with some splitting and pre-germination.” He says the appearance has deteriorated.

He says beans are not yielding very well but quality is ok. Peas are yielding well and appear to be good quality.


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