Know How / Harvest and crop storage

Get advice on how to keep your crops safe, dry and pest free with minimum losses after harvest. Read guidance on building and improving stores, cost-effective grain dryers, controlling pests and monitoring your grain, seeds and potatoes for moisture and spoilage.

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ARABLE

Video: Hands Free Hectare - what next for the farming robots?

Excitement, pride, trepidation – just some of the feelings buzzing around a perfectly square hectare field in Shropshire as a driverless combine took its first bite of a crop that…

HARVEST

Lincs grower sets sights on 2018 wheat yield record attempt

Lincolnshire Wolds grower Tim Lamyman is planning to drill his winter wheat earlier this autumn in his quest to break the world wheat yield record, after falling short this summer.…

ARABLE

How to get double-digit wheat yields on wet land

Switching to variable-rate drilling has increased wheat yields by 1.5t/ha on a large mixed farm in south Wales by improving productivity on wetter land. This has also helped justify significant…

WHEAT

Video: Wheat yield record-holders tell us how they did it

Two world wheat yield record-holders came face-to-face in a New Zealand vs Northumberland match after Kiwi Eric Watson pipped Rod Smith’s record with a recipe of low seed rates and…

WHEAT

How one New Zealand grower beat the wheat yield world record

High disease pressure and a susceptible variety is hardly the recipe for a record-beating wheat crop, but that's exactly what New Zealand grower Eric Watson had to work with on…

How farmers will benefit from grain co-op’s kit upgrades

Storage and drying equipment upgrades are helping an “open all hours” co-operative store to maintain service levels for south-west growers, enabling combines to continue cutting in busy harvest periods. Devon…

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DISEASE MANAGEMENT

Why fusarium risk is rising in wheat and how to manage it

With rising incidence of fusarium ear blight and changes to mycotoxin legal limits on the horizon, experts are advising wheat growers to adopt a more water-tight, integrated approach to minimising…

ARABLE

4 winners highlight reasons behind their bumper grain yields

Wheat yields were the highest on record last summer which was reflected by the high yields seen in this year’s YEN yield competition. David Jones talks to the four competition…

ARABLE

How to prepare grain stores for harvest

Grain store preparation is one of the least glamorous jobs on an arable farm, although for one Oxfordshire grower it’s among the most crucial. Investing significant time and money to…

What is the best grain marketing strategy for this season?

Grain marketing strategies are inevitably a hot topic of discussion at this time of year. Farmers clearing out their barns ready for the new season can compare notes on whether…

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VARIETY SELECTION

Cereal varieties: Winners and losers at harvest 2018

During the 2018 cereal harvest, wheat varieties were more likely to perform slightly below their long-term averages than to exceed yield expectations.  That’s why most of the 2018 results shouldn’t…

HARVEST

Harvest verdict: OSR the big winner for 2017

Oilseed rape yields jumped sharply this summer as the weather seemed to suit the crop while the picture with wheat output was more regional. Prospects for the rapeseed crop edged…

BARLEY

Why 2017 was a bad lodging year and how to avoid it

Seasonal factors were the cause of much of the lodging that occurred in wheat and barley crops in 2017, rather than variety weaknesses or a decline in standards. Cereal growers…

HARVEST

Harvest 2017: The 5 top-yielding winter wheat varieties

Throughout the harvest season we’ll be updating this handy map with the latest data from this year’s AHDB winter wheat recommended list 2017 harvest results. Use the map below to find…

HARVEST

Harvest review: How 2016 yields measure up

UK rapeseed production has slumped by more than 30% below the previous season, while cereals fell back in line with the five-year average, according to the first official figures for harvest…

VARIETY SELECTION

Top-yielding candidate varieties revealed

Last season was a challenging one, with “average” yields being the new “good”. However, some candidate varieties in AHDB trials offered a glimpse of what is to come. Those up…

HARVEST

Harvest 2016 verdict: Huge variability in wheat and pulses

While this year’s winter wheat crop may have been distinctly average, it was better than feared after the winter barley disaster and the poor French results which saw devastating losses…

ARABLE

Key wheat and OSR varieties deliver in mediocre season

The latest batch of AHDB Recommended Lists harvest results are pointing to an average season for wheat yields, while oilseed rape continues to underperform with the shortfall rising to over…

HARVEST

Harvest 2016: 5 top-yielding winter wheat varieties

Throughout the harvest season we’ll be updating this handy map with the latest data from this year’s AHDB winter wheat Recommended List 2016 harvest results. Use the map below to find…

Harvest 2015: Wheat and barley winners and losers unveiled

Some of the newer wheat varieties have delivered up to 7% more yield than controls in a British harvest that will be remembered for the yield world record being broken…

Harvest 2015: Wet spell dampens good wheat year

Wheat yields are up to 10% higher than the 10-year UK average, bringing a welcome boost for businesses suffering with the low cereal prices. However, only half of the UK harvest was…