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UK wheat protein could be highest on record, says AHBD

Staff Writer |
UK wheat protein could be on track to be the highest on record, according to the first provisional results of AHDB Cereals & Oilseeds’ Cereal Quality Survey 2017.

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However, wet weather during harvest has affected Hagberg Falling Numbers (HFN).

Meanwhile, the provisional results for barley show that while specific weights and grain sizes are broadly in line with last season, higher nitrogen levels could prove challenging.

For the 2,858 wheat samples analysed by August 31, the provisional average protein level was a record for the first release at 13.2 per cent. This compares to the three-year average at this stage of 12.1 per cent.

Hagberg Falling Numbers for all of the wheat sampled to date averaged 259s, some way below last season when HFNs averaged 319s at the same point in the survey.

The provisional result this season is also lower than the provisional result for the 2012 harvest (267s).

However, it is worth noting that the averages of the nabim Group 1 samples is above the level required to meet the requirements for full specification bread wheat (250s), at 260s.

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