Spring barley quality deteriorates

3 September 2001

Spring barley quality deteriorates

WHEAT is about 90% finished and spring barley 85% finished in the Southwest according to traders at Wessex Grain in Sherborne, Dorset.

Anna Stiles says that spring barley quality is getting worse. “Were now seeing skinning problems, higher nitrogen, pre-germination and fusarium problems, which is typical in the wet weather weve had.”

She says it is late for finishing spring barley. Most of the earlier crop made malting standard but now nitrogen is typically over 2%.

Owen Cligg says that wheat harvest is all but finished. He is still seeing samples of feed and milling wheat. “Wheat started later, so there has not been that much deterioration in quality, were still seeing Hagberg 250.” Yields are variable.

Jim Atkin says 75% of peas have been comhined and 5% of beans. “Pea yields have been slightly below average but quality is fine, but weve only just scratched the surface with beans.”

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