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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OILSEED RAPE

Video: Harvest on carbon-neutral OSR grower's farm

Duncan Farrington, an arable farmer in Northamptonshire, who produced the world’s first carbon- and plastic-neutral food product, has now completed harvest of his 36ha of rapeseed where the hybrid variety…

OILSEED RAPE

OSR Masters: Growers make a good start to new season

Drilling dates have varied by five weeks and costs are being kept low as our Oilseed Rape Masters get this season’s crops up and away. Adam Driver, Driver Farms, Brockley,…

HARVEST AND CROP STORAGE

How grain storage upgrade gave Sussex farm harvest flexibility

A £380,000 investment in a West Sussex farm’s grain drying and storage facilities has made a huge difference to harvest logistics, allowing it to cope with two combines in a…

HARVEST AND CROP STORAGE

Beet chaser cuts sugar losses by 10% on Cambridgeshire farm

The addition of a sugar beet chaser bin to a Cambridgeshire farm’s harvesting and haulage fleet is allowing it to retain 10% of the sugar content usually lost through storage.…

BARLEY

Barley grower sees winter crop come up trumps

Malting barley grower Andy Roberts’ strategy of growing both winter and spring crops paid a dividend this summer as good quality from the former made up for a more problematic…

HARVEST

Video: Farmer shares lessons learnt fighting huge crop fire

Since the early start to harvest at the beginning of July, Twitter has been awash with reports of crop fires across the country, exacerbated by tinder-dry conditions. As the hot,…

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HARVEST AND CROP STORAGE

Tips to minimise potato storage spoilage losses

Potato growers have entered some uncharted waters, as they cope with without using the desiccant diquat. In addition, spuds are now being loaded into store, with no prospect of treatment…

MACHINERY

Top tips to keep your combine running in the wet

August invariably delivers a spell of bad weather, so we’ve put together 20 top tips from the experts on how to ease the flow of damp crops through the combine.…

HARVEST AND CROP STORAGE

How spearmint oil fits into potato sprout control programmes

Spearmint oil has the potential to play a more prominent role in sprout control programmes post-CIPC, but users must prepare stores adequately to ensure success. Marketed by Kent-based Juno Plant…

DISEASE MANAGEMENT

How to prepare for ergot limits in cereals for harvest 2021

Growers need to prepare for new regulations covering maximum limits on ergot in cereals, to avoid loads being rejected by millers and merchants from harvest 2021 onwards.  The current 0.05%…

HEALTH AND SAFETY

Get ready for harvest: How to carry out a safety induction

Farmers who take on staff to help them over the harvest period should make sure all workers are given a clear health and safety briefing before they start work. It…

POTATOES

5 tips on effective use of maleic hydrazide in potatoes

Good application is essential in getting the most from maleic hydrazide, which AHDB trials have shown to be a useful, cost-effective tool for controlling early dormancy break in potatoes. This…

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VARIETY SELECTION

Harvest 2020: The 5 top-yielding spring barley varieties map

Throughout the harvest season, we are updating our handy map with the latest data from 2020’s AHDB wheat Recommended List harvest results. Use the map below to find the five…

HARVEST

Harvest 2020: The 5 top-yielding wheat varieties map

Throughout the harvest season, we are updating our handy map with the latest data from 2020’s AHDB wheat Recommended List harvest results. Use the map below to find the five…

HARVEST

Harvest 2020: The 5 top-yielding OSR varieties map

Throughout the harvest season, we are updating our handy map with the latest data from 2020’s AHDB oilseed rape Recommended List harvest results. Use the map below to find the…

HARVEST

Harvest 2020: The 5 top-yielding winter barley varieties map

Throughout the harvest season, we are updating our handy map with the latest data from 2020’s AHDB winter barley Recommended List harvest results. Use the map below to find the…

HEALTH AND SAFETY

Apps help lone workers stay safe on the farm

A Norfolk potato adviser who had to crawl for help after shattering his skull in a 9m fall is emphasising the need to stay safe when working alone on the…

HARVEST AND CROP STORAGE

How to avoid "CIPC legacy" residue breaches

Potato growers using sprout suppressant chlorpropham (CIPC) will need to thoroughly clean stores after the 2019 crop is unloaded next summer to lower the risk of residue exceedances after the…

HARVEST

Harvest verdict: Barley is the winner in mixed season

The 2019 harvest started in ideal dry conditions with winter barley growers reporting bumper crops coming off with good quality, some were even seeing yields well into double digits.    But…

MAIZE

Rain puts pressure on maize with tricky harvest

Prolonged rain has made maize harvesting difficult in recent days, with some suffering with flooding and high rainfall. Maize maturity has already been slowed by rain as green plants have…

POTATOES

How extreme weather has hit UK and European potato yields

Potato yields are looking better in the UK than elsewhere in north-west Europe, where it is still too dry to lift crops.  The potato crop is forecast to be 3%…

HARVEST

Harvest 2019: The 5 top-yielding spring barley varieties map

Throughout the harvest season, we are updating our handy map with the latest data from 2019’s AHDB spring barley Recommended List harvest results. Use the map below to find the…

External resources

AHDB Grain storage guide

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HSE Grain dust

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AHDB Grain sampling guide

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AHDB Grain moisture

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