The latest ADAS harvest report for AHDB indicates barley yields are variable, while initial OSR yields are around 10 per cent down on last year.
Initial harvest yield and quality figures - Results from start of harvest to July 26
|UK area harvested||Typical farm yields (t/ha)||Yield range (t/ha)||Typical weekly quality|
|Winter barley||35%||6.0-6.6||5.0-8.0||SpWt (kg/hl)||57|
|Malting grain N (%)||1.3-1.5|
|Harvest moisture (%)||14|
|Winter oilseed rape||15%||2.9-3.4||2.5-4.7||Oil content (%)||Not enough data|
|Harvest moisture (%)||8|
Source: ADAS Harvest report 3
The latest ADAS harvest report, which summarises data gathered up until July 26, suggests barley and oilseed rape (OSR) yields are, in some cases, down on last year, however this is largely dependent on location.
In the South West and East Midlands, barley yields are reported as being low, while in the eastern region and South East, yields are similar to last year. So far, OSR yields are on average 10 per cent lower than 2015.
As a result of heavy showers and hailstorms, high levels of lodging were reported in southern regions of up to 25 to 30 per cent in barley crops and 10 per cent in OSR crops, according to ADAS.
Low specific weights of between 48 and 63kg/hl have led to some penalties at intake, ADAS report.
While it is too early to give an indication of OSR oil content, small seed size seems to be a common factor in OSR crops harvested to date.