Fields of winter wheat have been ripening nicely in the sunshine and of course it is that time of year. What will the combine find when it starts?
Looking across fields of true winter wheat it is easy to see where the dry weather negatively affected growth and development.
Those areas show stems and ears of lesser size which appear to carry more secondary infections of late season spoilage diseases.
Rubbing out samples subjectively reveal a more dirty pinched grain by comparison to its near neighbours.
There will be a harvest just don’t see many 15t crops
The AHDB (Agricultural and Horticultural Development Board) reported in September 2019 that the UK average winter wheat yield was 8.9 t/ha. Not convinced it will be quite that good this year!