Harvest pushed back: Quite like last year, the prospects of a very early harvest seem to be pushed back by the return to damp and cooler weather. A few warm days this week may speed things up again but then we may be back to cool and wet. Whether or not this type of cooler weather helps grain fill in winter barley, only time and hectolitre weights will tell. For other crops the change in the weather represents a return to the risk of our more traditional diseases but, hopefully, crops that were very clean up to now will not see any surge in disease development.

It is inevitable that recent heavy or prolonged rain will cause some lodging, with this risk being far greater across the southern half of the country where crops are heavier.