From doom to boom: The very many growers forced to look at crops turning black, straw breaking down and visible sprouting over the past three weeks are now generally well pleased with how these crops have performed.

Progress ranges from about 50% cut towards the north west, where weather has been much less agreeable, to over 80% cut across much of the rest of the country with some areas in the south well inside the last 5% of cereal harvest. This is largely a result of the huge combining capacity on farms, with nearly 60% of the winter wheat and spring barley cut in about five days. Luckily moistures dropped considerably to take some pressure off of dryers.