Spring has descended upon us and we see winter crops begin their flush of spring growth, looking more promising than they have done since planting. Those crops have begun to show their future yield potential, while our spring crops were drilled with a promising late-March/ early-April sowing date. So, it seems that our fields have far more reason to feel normal than us folk, given the strangeness and unfamiliar atmosphere of the world around us.

Having crops that feel normal now is arguably unexpected, given that the first six months of the winter-crop year has been a period of relentless rainfall. This gave us challenging drilling conditions and very variable crop establishment outcomes, which have resulted in a mixed bag of winter cereal crops.