Know How / Wheat / Harvest and crop storage

Once the combines are rolling, harvest technique and timing can have an impact on wheat yield and quality, in the same way as weather and crop agronomy can. See how to prepare for both bumper and difficult harvests, how to manage the increased workload and what to consider as harvest approaches. Keeping a harvested wheat crop in the best condition, free of pests and diseases in store, is essential for the grain’s end market value.

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How grain storage upgrade gave Sussex farm harvest flexibility

A £380,000 investment in a West Sussex farm’s grain drying and storage facilities has made a huge difference to harvest logistics, allowing it to cope with two combines in a…


Video: Hands Free Hectare - what next for the farming robots?

Excitement, pride, trepidation – just some of the feelings buzzing around a perfectly square hectare field in Shropshire as a driverless combine took its first bite of a crop that…


Lincs grower sets sights on 2018 wheat yield record attempt

Lincolnshire Wolds grower Tim Lamyman is planning to drill his winter wheat earlier this autumn in his quest to break the world wheat yield record, after falling short this summer.…


How to get double-digit wheat yields on wet land

Switching to variable-rate drilling has increased wheat yields by 1.5t/ha on a large mixed farm in south Wales by improving productivity on wetter land. This has also helped justify significant…


Video: Wheat yield record-holders tell us how they did it

Two world wheat yield record-holders came face-to-face in a New Zealand vs Northumberland match after Kiwi Eric Watson pipped Rod Smith’s record with a recipe of low seed rates and…


How one New Zealand grower beat the wheat yield world record

High disease pressure and a susceptible variety is hardly the recipe for a record-beating wheat crop, but that's exactly what New Zealand grower Eric Watson had to work with on…

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How to sample your grain on farm to get the top price

Grain sampling can be a problematic area causing friction between arable growers and grain traders when it comes to price deductions. Testing for moisture contents and specific weights can often…


Why fusarium risk is rising in wheat and how to manage it

With rising incidence of fusarium ear blight and changes to mycotoxin legal limits on the horizon, experts are advising wheat growers to adopt a more water-tight, integrated approach to minimising…


6 top tips to minimise compaction at harvest

Climate predictions indicate that for the next 20 years there is a 35-40% chance of a wetter-than-average summer, giving rise to the potential for disrupted and challenging harvests. Aside from…


Grain storage decisions – own store or co-op?

Put up your own building, join a central co-operative store or take advantage of flexible grain store hire? Louise Impey looks at the options. There are long and short-term considerations…


4 winners highlight reasons behind their bumper grain yields

Wheat yields were the highest on record last summer which was reflected by the high yields seen in this year’s YEN yield competition. David Jones talks to the four competition…


Guide to new rodenticide rules for livestock farmers

Changes in the law on rodenticides use means farmers have more options to tackle rats effectively this autumn. We discuss how the law changes affect farmers and offer practical tips…


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Harvest verdict: Barley is the winner in mixed season

The 2019 harvest started in ideal dry conditions with winter barley growers reporting bumper crops coming off with good quality, some were even seeing yields well into double digits.    But…


Cereal varieties: Winners and losers at harvest 2018

During the 2018 cereal harvest, wheat varieties were more likely to perform slightly below their long-term averages than to exceed yield expectations.  That’s why most of the 2018 results shouldn’t…


Harvest verdict: OSR the big winner for 2017

Oilseed rape yields jumped sharply this summer as the weather seemed to suit the crop while the picture with wheat output was more regional. Prospects for the rapeseed crop edged…


Why 2017 was a bad lodging year and how to avoid it

Seasonal factors were the cause of much of the lodging that occurred in wheat and barley crops in 2017, rather than variety weaknesses or a decline in standards. Cereal growers…


Harvest 2017: The 5 top-yielding winter wheat varieties

Throughout the harvest season we’ll be updating this handy map with the latest data from this year’s AHDB winter wheat recommended list 2017 harvest results. Use the map below to find…


How kit hygiene has a vital role in harvest weed fight

Managing the spread of blackgrass and other weed seed at harvest can be challenging for growers under huge time pressure, but it pays to keep machines clean where possible to…


Harvest review: How 2016 yields measure up

UK rapeseed production has slumped by more than 30% below the previous season, while cereals fell back in line with the five-year average, according to the first official figures for harvest…


Top-yielding candidate varieties revealed

Last season was a challenging one, with “average” yields being the new “good”. However, some candidate varieties in AHDB trials offered a glimpse of what is to come. Those up…


Harvest 2016 verdict: Huge variability in wheat and pulses

While this year’s winter wheat crop may have been distinctly average, it was better than feared after the winter barley disaster and the poor French results which saw devastating losses…


Key wheat and OSR varieties deliver in mediocre season

The latest batch of AHDB Recommended Lists harvest results are pointing to an average season for wheat yields, while oilseed rape continues to underperform with the shortfall rising to over…


Harvest 2016: 5 top-yielding winter wheat varieties

Throughout the harvest season we’ll be updating this handy map with the latest data from this year’s AHDB winter wheat Recommended List 2016 harvest results. Use the map below to find…