Harvesting under way: Many combines that were greased and made ready to go in recent weeks got some bit of an outing last weekend ahead of forecast rain, albeit brief in some instances. While most winter barley is not yet ripe, there were some fields ready, or at least mainly ready for cutting.

So far yields are generally reported in the 3-4t/ac bracket but there have been some poorer yields where drought hammered the crop way back in May. These were hit on both yield and quality, with less than 2.5t/ac reported and specific weights below 60kg/hectolitre. The promising news is that good looking crops appear to be yielding well.