The rapid progress of recent weeks was interrupted by rainfall that was welcomed in some fields but not in others. But it looks like there will be another clear spell in the week ahead and so we should see a lot more progress. Grain prices continue to rise in a challenging wheat and barley supply situation. But we should not lose sight of the fact that maize could represent much better value if production levels behave according to current predictions. Demand for grain is keen at merchant level, especially from those who are producing feed. Harvesting of spring barley has been under way for a few weeks but it is likely it will begin in earnest from this weekend. Winter wheat is also under way, with very variable results from the early crops – from 2t to over 5t/ac. Good crops appear to be back about half a tonne an acre.