Highest rate of harvest clearance in UK to date
This is the highest rate of harvest clearance to date for the season and more than double the area harvested in the previous week.
This rapid rate of clearance has brought harvest progress in line with the five year average progress with an estimated total area harvested to date of 1.8 M ha. By August 16 winter barley harvest was 95% complete and winter oilseed rape harvest 90% complete, with small areas left to harvest in northern England and Scotland.
Winter wheat harvest started in earnest over the last week with ~700,000 ha harvested in WE August 16, bringing the winter wheat harvest to 40% complete. Good progress was made on the harvest of spring barley predominantly in the English regions (~115,000 ha), bringing harvest to 20% complete.
An estimated 50,000 ha of winter oats were harvested over the last week (WE 16 August), bringing harvest to 40% complete. Reported yields of winter barley and winter oilseed rape continue to be variable and often lower than the farm average.
Early wheat yields are typically close to average, with spring barley yields tending to be close to or just above average. The majority of wheat crops sent for analysis to date are meeting specification. ■