Harvest 09: MW excellent in East Anglia

Harvest is progressing extremely well in East Anglia, according to John Whitelam, marketing director of Fengrain.

“The cereal crop has not been affected by the weather – it is still standing and we haven’t found any mycotoxins.”

Wheat harvest was about halfway through in Essex, and 10-15% complete in Lincolnshire, he said. “By the end of this week, if the weather holds, they’ll be knocking through it.”

The store was only about a quarter full on Tuesday, with about 6000t of malting barley and 10,000t of wheat.

“Generally speaking, the quality is average to above average – I would have thought millers will be able to maximise their usage of British wheat.”

Group 1 protein was averaging 12.9%, with bushelweights at 78kg/hl and Hagbergs at 250-300.

Winter barley quality was good, at 1.5-1.6% nitrogen and 100% germination.

But although the store had not received much spring barley yet, there were some issues with split grains, he added.

Oilseed rape yields had been better than expected, and oil contents were high.

Pea yields had also been reasonable. “But they don’t want any more rain on them.”

The generally good crop quality was encouraging, and should help to support prices going forward, said Mr Whitelam.

“I’m very optimistic, and looking forward to a good season.”


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