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HARVEST

Harvest 2022: Wheat proteins struggle, but Hagberg strong

An early harvest has meant most eastern regions of the UK are nearing completion, but milling wheat protein contents have been disappointing. See also: Harvest over in record-breaking finish for…

HARVEST

Harvest over in record-breaking finish for Norfolk grower

Harvest was completely finished in record-breaking time on 28 July at David Hillier’s arable and pig farm in Norfolk, where he grows winter barley, oilseed rape, peas and wheat. Cutting…

HARVEST

Harvest 2022: Good yields but low proteins in milling wheats

Grain stores are struggling to keep up as crops ripen early and are being harvested rapidly. Oilseed rape growers are pleased with oil content and yields, but while wheat is…

HARVEST

Video: Harvest 2022 - Wilts farmer cuts no-fungicide wheat

George Hosier’s fungicide-free winter wheat harvest began two weeks earlier than usual on his Wiltshire holding, where his family have farmed for four generations. The warm dry temperatures quickly brought…

Practical advice

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HARVEST

Advice on reducing harvest losses in oilseed rape

Getting pre-harvest management of OSR crops right is essential for minimising harvest losses, which is not just money down the drain, but creates volunteer problems for years to come. Losses…

DISEASE MANAGEMENT

Tips on how to reduce losses from tuber blight this autumn

Potato growers are urged to remain vigilant against tuber blight as the season draws to a close, with adequate skin set and early store management key to avoiding significant losses.…

CRIME

Warning after spate of harvest GPS thefts in West Country

The Country Land and Business Association (CLA) has issued advice on protecting high-tech farm equipment after a spate of thefts in the West Country this harvest. Thieves are increasingly targeting…

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…

Case studies

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WHEAT

Hampshire wheat shows high yield despite low protein

Hampshire grower Nigel Pond’s winter wheat has produced an impressive 12t/ha-plus yield, although the milling wheat he grows came well short of breadmaking standards and will likely go as feed…

HARVEST

Harvest 2022: Season starts to wrap up for some growers

It has been an exceptional year in terms of early harvests, even as far north as the Scottish Borders. As some growers begin to finish cutting, quality looks reasonable despite…

SUGAR BEET

Video: Good early sugar beet yield as harvesting speeds up

Sugar beet harvesting is kicking off with promising yields for one Suffolk farmer amid more optimism among growers due to low disease levels and a price rise in the pipeline.…

HARVEST

Video: Fungicide-free wheat hits 10t/ha

Nick Dymond’s unique cropping approach of not using fungicides or insecticides and a focus on crop nutrition has seen yields of his Extase winter wheat peak at 10t/ha. With specific weights…

HARVEST

Grower kick-starts wheat harvest to earn £30/t premium

Merseyside grower Olly Harrison was not only one of the first growers to start winter barley harvest, but is now also leading the charge to cut winter wheat, which is…

HARVEST

Harvest 2021: Disease-tolerant OSR performance assessed

A sclerotinia-tolerant oilseed rape variety outyielded others on an Essex farm and was also grown at a lower cost, so its area will be expanded next season. Alex Jessop-Gaymer grew…

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Harvest photos

Harvest is one of the most hectic and exciting times of year on the farm. Capture your harvest 2022 on camera and share photos and videos with us.

We want to see cool combine shots, mad weather photos and drone videos.

All uploaded photos will be considered for our Harvest 2022 photo competition – the winning image will be featured on the front cover of the magazine later in the season.

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HARVEST

Harvest 2022: The 5 top-yielding winter OSR varieties map

Throughout the harvest season, we are updating our handy map with the latest data from the AHDB's 2022 oilseed rape Recommended List harvest results. Use the map below to find…

HARVEST

Harvest 2022: The 5 top-yielding winter barley varieties map

Throughout harvest 2022, we are updating our handy map with the latest data from 2022’s AHDB winter barley Recommended List harvest results. Use the map below to find the five…

NUTRITION AND FERTILISER

Should farms sell or chop straw with fertiliser prices high?

The value of straw, whether for power stations or traditional forage and bedding markets remains, buoyant, and many growers will be looking to take advantage of that. However, with high…

WEED MANAGEMENT

How farmer trial will test Canadian combine weed seed mill

A group of UK farmers is taking part in a ground-breaking research project to test the effectiveness of harvest weed seed control units developed by a Canadian company. This non-chemical…

NUTRITION AND FERTILISER

Why grain analysis now could save on fertiliser next season

Farmers are being advised to get their grain analysed this harvest to help refine next season’s fertiliser decisions, with data showing the average uncertainty equates to £2,000 for an average…

CROPS MARKETS AND PRICES

Strong margins forecast for harvest 2022 before 2023 squeeze

Milling and feed varieties will remain the top performers in the 2023 wheat market, but with a narrowing gap between the two, according to new financial modelling by the AHDB.…

VARIETY SELECTION

Variety verdict: Top-performing wheats and barleys of 2021

The combination of plants already under stress and a disease explosion that hit crops in late spring and early summer is thought to be behind the discrepancies seen in wheat…

CROP MANAGEMENT

How data analytics can help identify marginal farmland

The power of data analytics in improving decision making about future land use is being highlighted by a project at AHDB’s Strategic Farm East to use data to identify marginal…

HARVEST

Harvest 2021: The 5 top-yielding spring barley varieties map

Throughout the harvest season, we are updating our handy map with the latest data from 2021’s AHDB wheat Recommended List harvest results. Use the map below to find the five…

VARIETY SELECTION

Harvest 2021: The 5 top-yielding winter wheat varieties map

Throughout the harvest season, we are updating our handy map with the latest data from 2021’s AHDB wheat Recommended List harvest results. Use the map below to find the five…

VARIETY SELECTION

Harvest 2021: The 5 top-yielding OSR varieties map

Throughout the harvest season, we are updating our handy map with the latest data from 2021’s AHDB oilseed rape Recommended List harvest results. Use the map below to find the…

VARIETY SELECTION

Harvest 2021: The 5 top-yielding winter barley varieties map

Throughout the harvest season, we are updating our handy map with the latest data from 2021’s AHDB winter barley Recommended List harvest results. Use the map below to find the…