Harvest 09: MW variable in Kent

Milling wheat quality and yields are extremely variable in Kent, according to Francesca Lewis of Weald Granary.

More than half of the Solstice and Cordiale taken into the store had exceeded 12.8% protein, with around a third at 12-12.8%, and the remainder falling below that.

“The Hagbergs have been passing, it’s just the protein that’s an issue.”

Oats had been pleasing, at 54kg/hl, and oilseed rape had averaged 44% oil content, she said.

The Tipple spring barley had come in below 1.8% nitrogen, with Pearl winter barley at 1.65% nitrogen and 100% germination, and Cassata also below 1.8%.

Overall, the store had received more than 26,000t as of Tuesday, so was less than halfway through harvest, she added.

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