RGT Saki

It’s been a long, frustrating end to a difficult season for many growers, especially in the south, where cloudy damp weather has slowed harvest progress. Others have been lucky enough to dodge showers and see the sun.

Results have been variable, following the cold dry early spring and the wet start to the summer, exacerbated by an explosion of disease in some areas and a lack of sunlight during grain fill.

It’s not the ideal season to be judging relative performance of varieties, with results turned on their head in trials up and down the country. However, yields in the main appear to have held up reasonably well on farm, and current prices will help shore up margins.

We talked to several growers to see how they have fared.

Wheat yields have been trimmed this season at PC Tinsley’s Hurn Hall Farm, near Holbeach in Lincolnshire.

“Crops looked as good as they have done for long time, nice and even and all standing,” says director Martin Cook.

“But yields are not happening to the extent we expected or wanted, which seems to be a problem in this part of the country. I think the poor weather at the end of June and early July has been the main problem – wet weather from May onwards is never good for us, as the silts cope much better in the dry.”