Near-record specific wheat weights could cut milling wheat imports this season, AHDB has claimed.
According to provisional results of the AHDB Cereals and Oilseeds Cereal Quality Survey, 2015 UK wheat specific weight averaged 79.8kg/hectolitre, one of the highest figures on record.
Specific average weight is one of three measures of wheat quality in the survey, with all major quality indicators higher than in 2014. AHDB said this could give millers the option to use a greater proportion of home-grown milling wheat.
AHDB warned the results were based on East and South East England, which were biased toward group 1 and 2 milling varieties, therefore the weight was likely to change.
Anna Lockwood, AHDB Cereals and Oilseeds Analyst said: “Final results will depend on how the weather develops in the coming weeks and a more accurate picture will be obtained as more samples are analysed from nabim Group 3 and Group 4.
"Nevertheless, GB wheat quality is looking promising. The average protein levels for wheat are showing an improvement and, combined with excellent specific weights and good Hagbergs, UK millers have the option to use a greater proportion of home-grown milling wheat in the total grist to meet their requirements this season.”
This year’s provisional weight is on par with 2011’s which then fell to 78.8kg/hl once final results were announced. This final weight was second behind the 79.5kg/hl achieved in 1990.