“It’s an average year, with the odd exceptional crop,” said Geoff Williams of G Williams Seed & Grain, Nottinghamshire.
He said the wheat quality is high with good protein, good Hagberg, but higher than normal screenings due to the hot weather in May. Crops are generally disease free this year and ergot has not been a problem. Robigus, Malacca, Cordiale and Solstice all yielding well, he noted.
It has also been a very average year for oilseed rape, he said, with low biomass varieties yielding particularly well. Castille is a consistently high performer, with Astrid also doing well in the local area.
Mr Williams said the main problems encountered this year are rising fuel costs and keeping moisture levels low. But crops are combining well, he added.