Wheat yields better than expected

English wheat yields are 3.4% down on last year on average, according to a survey by analyst ODA.

Covering Oxfordshire, Cambridgeshire, Lincolnshire, Essex, Hampshire, Northamptonshire and Yorkshire, the survey of ODA clients put the wheat harvest at 92% complete.

“The results have improved since the beginning of the harvest, with good quality and specific weight averaging over 78kg/hl,” said managing director Alexis Pouyé.
Spring barley harvest was around 96% complete in England, with yields down about 4.5% on last year.

“After such a dry season production losses were minimal, with yields this year averaging 5.93t/ha (2.4t/acre), and specific weight at 66.7kg/ha.”

Close to 90% of spring malting varieties were reaching the required specification, said Mr Pouye.

Oilseed rape yields were 10.5% up on last year, with a number of farms recording yields of 5t/ha (2t/acre) and over.

Winter barley yields were 13.4% down, at 6.7t/ha (2.7t/acre), with specific weights of 67kg/hl.

Just 49% of samples were up to the brewing specification, he added.

Meanwhile, German harvest remained hampered by wet weather in the North, with 5-10% of the wheat crop still to cut, said a report by Agritel.

“On the international scene, Libya is said to have bought around 120,000t of wheat from France.

“Last year, France exported 250,000t to Libya, which is back in the market as its assets are unfrozen.”

In Ukraine, the minister of agriculture was seeking to remove export tariffs in the coming weeks, to improve the competitiveness of Ukrainian wheat against Russian supplies.

Ukrainian exports were 70% down on last year, with an exportable surplus of about 10m tonnes of wheat and 9m tonnes of maize, said the report.

Russian export prices continued to rise, narrowing the gap between Ukrainian, European, US and Australian wheat to $10/t (£6/t).

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