Just under way in Kent

Harvest progress is about average in Kent, according to Francesca Lewis at Weald Granary.



“We don’t envisage it being busy until the beginning of August; it will be about 10 days before we see any wheat,” she said.


Oilseed rape was coming in at 8-10% moisture, and so far barley samples were not looking great.


“The germination is alright, but I’m not sure about the crop itself. The grain is very small and it’s not a brilliant sample.”


Before the rain arrived, farmers were forecasting a 5-30% reduction in yield, she added.


“Some people have said yields will be alright, while others have lost a whole crop. If the rain doesn’t hold off now, I just wonder if we’re going to get more problems with fusarium and mycotoxins.”


 

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