Harvest begins as temperatures rise

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As summer temperatures are heating up, good winter barley yields have been reported with good grain quality. This year with an abundance of dry weather, farmers across the UK are showing record breaking early cuts, with cereals such as wheat turning earlier than previous years.

As such, farmers are being encouraged to cut earlier to avoid any loss of yields, due to the higher temperatures. Farmers Weekly reports that although crop yields are higher, some moisture contents have dropped, and if harvested early or in hot temperatures could require cooling before storage.

With harvest starting earlier due to the dry spring and hotter summer temperatures, we have already started collecting samples for our annual GB harvest survey and we will keep you updated with the trends seen over the coming weeks.