Farmers were about 40% of their way through winter wheat in Kent, according to intakes at Weald Granary store.
“We’re about half way done, including rape,” said manager John Smith. “Our dryers are flat out – they haven’t stopped for three weeks and the fuel we’re getting through is unbelievable.”
Most loads were coming in at 19% moisture – the highest average in memory, said Mr Smith. “I think we’ve tipped just four dry loads.”
Transport availability was not a problem, but intake was slower than normal due to the longer drying and sorting time, he added.
Yields so far were excellent, and quality was holding up incredibly well, although about half the wheat was below 12% protein. “We have not seen any drop off in Hagberg.”
Samples from milling wheat cut yesterday (21 August) were testing at around 300 Hagberg, with some Cordiale at 400 and Malacca at 362, said Mr Smith.
“The next five to seven days will probably be a key time – if we can get it in then Hagberg shouldn’t be a problem.”
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