Harvest pushed back: Prospects of a very early harvest last spring have been pushed well back to average at best and many may even hope for a late start to harvest to get more nice slow growth to complete winter barley grain fill. While winter wheat and spring barley may glory in the high temperatures forecast for the end of this week, winter barley with work still to do would generally prefer a more even pace of growth. But perhaps this will matter less for those at the very end of grain fill.

This June is a stark contrast to last season but some crops, spring crops in particular, did suffer to some degree from the lack early summer rainfall to drive vegetative growth. This may be yet another year when the ability to combine drill fertiliser could pay decent dividends.