Challenging harvest: Many growers got some harvesting done over the past week. Winter barley is now nearing completion and the focus turns to winter rape, oats and spring barley. The forecast indicates better weather ahead, which may help get cutting up to date and straw cleared.

As indicated a few weeks ago, the harvest offered nothing better as it moved north. Many winter barley crops came in at less than 2.5t/ac with only five to six bales of straw – down by more than 50%. Together these point to loss-making crops.