Harvest progress continues to be extremely variable, with some farmers getting on rapidly and others scarcely started.
In the South of England, Wiltshire Grain had taken in less than a third of its total capacity, said store manager Nick Brown.
Yields had been better than farmers expected, although they were not record-breaking – and so far quality had been fine.
“We haven’t seen a lot of wheat,” he said. “We’re about half-way through the oilseed rape and oil contents have been high, at 46-47%. But I think we’ve seen the better crops, so there will be worse to come.”
Further north, Andrew Robinson was getting on extremely well at Heathcote Farm, Toddington, Bedfordshire, with just 35% of his crops left to cut.
“It’s going really well – we cut 103ha of Gallant wheat at 11.31t/ha over the weighbridge, and we’re cutting some Viscount now,” he said.
Milling quality had been excellent, with the Gallant testing at over 14% protein, with 370 Hagberg and a bushel weight of 81.2kg/hl, he added.
In Shropshire, Bruce Udale had cut just over 40ha of winter wheat at Eyton House Farm, Telford, and was just making a start on some more today (19 August).
“One plus point is that bushel weights are good, with everything over 73kg/hl and most at 76-78kg/hl,” he said.
“But yields are no good on the light land – the dry, hot weather we had earlier in the summer burnt the crops off prematurely.”
Harvest was progressing very slowly near Stokesley, Yorkshire, where Andrew Gloag was waiting for both spring and winter crops to ripen.
“We’re sitting around twiddling our thumbs, and it’s all going to come ready at once,” he said.
It was a similar story in Angus, where Gordon Cairns was ready to start combining spring oats at Stracathro and Careston Estates, Laurencekirk, as soon as the weather dried up.
“The oats are looking really well – spring crops in general are all looking good,” he said.
So far, Mr Cairns had cut all the winter barley, which produced an average yield for the farm, at 8.6t/ha.
“It’s all Retriever and it had a good bushel weight this year, so we’re quite happy with that.”
(Source – http://www.fwi.co.uk/articles/19/08/2013/140616/harvest-round-up-variable-progress.htm)