First AHDB harvest report launched for the 2019 harvesting season

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The first harvest report for week ending 30th July prepared by ADAS has been launched by AHDB. The approach used to prepare the report is consistent with previous years allowing comparison of data and provides a snapshot of harvest progress throughout the harvest season. All harvest reports run from Wednesday to Tuesday – with data reported for the week ending on a Tuesday. A full data dashboard of progress is available here.

Over the last two weeks, harvest of winter barley and winter oilseed rape in southern and eastern England started with an estimated 49% of the GB winter barley area and 31% of the GB winter oilseed rape areas harvested by week ending 30th July. An estimated 350Kha of winter barley and winter oilseed rape were harvested with 53Kha harvested the previous weeks. This places current progress ahead of 2015 and 2016 but slightly slower than last year’s progress.

Early yield indications are good with winter barley yields in southern and eastern England currently reported to be up by 13-17% compared to the 5 year average of 7.0t/ha. Early winter oilseed rape yields are 3-12% down on the five year average of 3.5t/ha.

The high temperatures on 25th July coincided with the greatest amount of harvest activity over the period. This means that much of the grain harvested to 30 July required cooling prior to storage. The thunderstorms and associated heavy rain caused lodging in some winter barley, spring barley, wheat and oat crops, predominantly on the overlaps. Those who harvested lodged winter barley fields have still experienced good yields.

To find out more and to read the full report,  please go to the AHDB harvest progress webpage. 

First AHDB harvest report launched for the 2019 harvesting season

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