Results reveal variable quality

The winter grain harvest is now nearing completion in eastern Europe, and good progress is being made in the west following improved weather.


However, attention is now turning to yield and quality, which are slowly emerging as early results become available.


The French wheat harvest has progressed well following improved weather, and is now nearing completion.


Yields are reportedly variable, and crop estimates have been lowered again, with trade estimates about 32.3m tonnes, while ONIGC, the French national office for main crops, predicts about 34m tonnes, compared with 33.3m tonnes last year. Wheat quality is also reportedly variable.


In Germany, rain has continued to delay combining, however better weather is forecast which should help with harvest progress. The rain has reportedly affected Hagbergs, although wheat protein levels are still seen as acceptable.


Denmark has seen heavy rainfall over the past week, slowing the progress of the harvest. However 75% of the winter barley has been cut, and about 75% of the rapeseed. The winter wheat harvest is getting under way. No information on the crop is available yet.


The ongoing drought in Hungary is seen lowering maize production to about 4.5m tonnes this season, which would be half of last year’s production.


Final harvest data see the wheat crop at about 3.7m tonnes, 10% below last year’s crop. The hot weather has helped wheat quality, with 80% of the crop suitable for breadmaking.


Bulgaria’s wheat crop is estimated at a five-year low of 2.1m tonnes, with over 98% of the area cut. This compares against 3.2m tonnes last year, despite an increase in planted area of 10%.


The drought is increasing concerns over the maize crop, with yields expected about 1.5t/ha (normally 4.5t/ha).


In the UK, by 1 August over 70% of the winter barley and 55% of the rapeseed had been cut, with the good weather seeing wheat combining under way as well. Early harvest results have indicated variable yields, and acceptable quality.


fwarable@rbi.co.uk