Harvest 2016: Wheat 60% combined, spring barley 35% cut

Recent rain has disrupted harvest over the past few days, although 60% of winter wheat is now cut with more than one-third of spring barley combined, according to the latest harvest report from crop consultant Adas.

This brings the total UK harvested cereals and oilseed rape crop to 2.3m hectares by 23 August, or about 70% of the national crop, with winter barley and oilseed rape harvest now virtually complete.

See also: Harvest 2016: AHDB wheat yields close to 5-year average

Typical wheat yields are running unchanged from last week’s Adas report at 7.8-8t/ha, in line with the UK’s five-year average of 7.9t/ha, with the best yields being seen in the eastern region of England.

Wheat quality is good, with most milling crops meeting breadmaking specification and protein levels of crops cut in the last week averaging 12.9%, specific weights 76kg/hl, and Hagbergs about 280.

Some 35% of spring barley is now cut with typical yields of 5.8-6.3t/ha, above the five-year average of 5.6t/ha, with a weekly nitrogen content average of 1.5% for malting varieties, and low screening of 3%.

About half the oat harvest is now cut, and yields are in line with the five-year average of 5.7t/ha. Most of the harvest data is from winter crops in southern England.

The winter barley crop is now 99% cut with typical yields of 6.0-6.2t/ha, below the five-year average 6.8t/ha with low specific weights at 58 kg/hl, while oilseed rape is 95% cut with typical yields still down at 3.0-3.2t/ha from a five-year average of 3.6t/ha and oil contents at 43%.

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