The main harvest is now well under way, when weather allows that is. Many early-sown spring barley crops have already been harvested, but many more had started to break down and were badly in need of cutting when rain prevented all forms of field work.

The crop was due to be cut this week as rain had halted harvest. These images were taken on Monday 9 August. The head was almost fully down.

The majority of barley sown at the end of March and early April is now ripe or nearly ripe.

The Crop on Camera was planted on 23 March. It was due to be harvested this week, but yield or quality data was not available at the time of going to print. Rain had halted harvest up to now and the crop was beginning to lean over. Breakdown was a concern.