Malting barley quality in Norfolk has been “perfect” so far, according to grain merchant and Aylsham Store manager, Andrew Dewing.
Farmers had cut about 10-15% of their winter barley in the area, and 95% was very bold with a low nitrogen content. “It’s been really good – perfect malting barley,” he said.
Yields were slightly below average, but better than expected where late rain aided grain fill.
“There are a few concerns with the hot and then wet conditions, whether the winter barley will start to suffer, but it’s good so far.”
A few loads of rape were now coming in, but it was still very early for much to have been cut, said Mr Dewing.
Many farms and central stores were still loaded with some old crop grain, which was being carried over to make the most of better new season prices, he added.
“It’s going to make the middle of harvest quite difficult if yields are good.”
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