Harvest 70% complete in Oxfordshire

Harvest was about 70% complete in the middle of the country, according to Oxfordshire-based grain trader Robert Kerr.

“That’s about normal – it just feels late because it looked originally as it was going to be early,” he said.

Wheat yields were about 1.2t/ha (0.5t/acre) down on average, but prices of around £150/t – double those of last year – should make up for that shortfall, he added.

Spring barley was looking good so far, with Nitrogen contents below 1.9% on average. “Most crops are still standing so you’ve got to be optimistic on the quality.”

Milling wheat quality was reasonable, although low protein contents and Hagbergs were common. “Most of it will mill – both the millers and the maltsers will be far more accommodating this year from day one.”

Although combines were back in action this week, many people had problems travelling on saturated land, said Mr Kerr. “But it’s drying weather and five days of clear combining would wrap this harvest up.”

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