Harvest – nearly there: The few fine days either side of last weekend helped to get an amount of the remaining crops harvested. Yields, quality and straw have held up well but there are some reports of necking in barley. Working days are much shorter now and gathering straw is more problematic, especially towards the west and north.

Harvesting of spring beans is also well under way but there is little good to report. Yields have been very disappointing with many only recording 0.5-1.0t/ac. Flower abortion brought a premature end to flowering, which resulted in fewer pod numbers.