Camgrain members have just 40% of their winter barley left to cut, and quality is generally good, according to store manager Philip Darke.
“Three days of good combining weather would complete 95% of our winter barley,” he said.
“Overall quality is fine, but yields are really variable, depending on which farms had rain in late May and early June.”
The store had taken in about 10,000t of mainly Pearl, Flagon and Cassata, leaving around 4,000t left to come in, as of today (20 July).
Rape harvest was only about 5% through, and generally crops which established well in the autumn were yielding well, said Mr Darke.
“But we had thunderstorms on Thursday / Friday last week (16/17 July) which caused a lot of hail damage in pockets – farmers are estimating 80% loss of seed.”
Wheat harvest was now only a week away, depending on the weather, he added.
Duxford winter wheat is an HGCA Recommended List 2009/10 variety with very high UK treated yields and a maximum 9 rating for resistance to lodging with and without PGR. Combined with the highest second wheat yield and a balanced disease resistance profile, Duxford will continue to help UK growers meet the challenge of producing more grain profitably.