Pre-germination in spring barley

Hampshire Grain Co-op’s Mike Clay said spring barley is now all cut, with mixed nitrogen levels and variable germination. He saw many pre-germination issues with the grain having been affected by wet weather.

Quality of first wheats has generally been above average, while second wheats are slightly below, he said. Yields are good but also variable, he said.

Mr Clay suggested Malacca is low on bushel weight, Einstein averaged 250 Hagberg, and Solstice had good quality and yield.

He added: “It wouldn’t surprise me if this rain affects Hagbergs as I can’t see farmers cutting for a couple of days now.”

With 15-20% of wheat left to be cut, he said progress is slightly ahead of last year.

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