Harvest 09: 15m tonne wheat crop?

The UK is likely to harvest about 15m tonnes of wheat this summer, producing an exportable surplus of around 3m tonnes.

David Sheppard, managing director of Gleadell Agriculture, said yields had been very variable, with first wheats performing far better than second wheats.

However, on average, yields had been far better than expected earlier in the year.

“Quality is generally good – most of what was grown as milling wheat can be used for milling, so millers will probably maximise their usage of the UK crop this season.”

Proteins ranged from 11.5% to well over 13%, but were higher than last year, and Hagbergs were fine, he said.

Unfortunately, prices were very low, and the UK was still not competitive on the export market.

“Export interest is well below domestic prices at the moment.”

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