Harvest now 80% complete, says ADAS

Harvest is now 80% complete, with brighter conditions enabling farmers to combine more than 500,000ha in the week to 26 August.

According to the latest HGCA / ADAS harvest report, wheat yields were 10% above average and quality was good, although there were now some poorer quality samples coming in from the South where rain had caused delays.

“Farmers are frequently harvesting at 16-18% moisture, and up to 25% moisture where there is a back log of crops and risk of decline in quality from further delays,” it said.

Most of the wheat left to harvest was in the North, East and Scotland, and yields were averaging 8.3-8.6t/ha, although that ranged from 3.7t to 13.9t/ha.

“It remains uncertain just how much of an impact dense black-grass populations, in a proportion of crops on heavy land, and poor disease control, are having on overall yields,” said the report.

Specific weights were averaging 76.1kg/hl, with Hagbergs at 284 seconds and protein 11.9%. “Gallant and Solstice are typically at 11.5-12.5%, while Crusoe is 12-13%.”

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Spring barley harvest was now 55% complete; with 75% cut in England and Wales and 35% in Scotland.

Yields were good, averaging 6-6.3t/ha, with particularly high yielding crops in the North West, said the report.

“Most malting crops are achieving specification with specific weights averaging 65kg/hl, nitrogen 1.5% and screenings 3.7%.”

The oat harvest was now 70% complete, with yields averaging 5.8-6.1t/ha. “Crops on heavy land are yielding very well, while crops on light and medium soils are performing slightly better than normal.”

Samples were nice and bright, and averaging 52kg/hl. However, about 7.4% of the remaining crop was lodged, which would slow harvest progress, it added.

“Occasional fields of spring oilseed rape have been harvested, with harvest imminent elsewhere. Early yields in the Eastern region range from 2-2.6t/ha, but lower yields of 1.8t/ha have been reported in Western regions.”

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