Drilling was severely affected by wet weather conditions this autumn, based on ADAS calculations, 80% of the final wheat area was drilled before the end of November, with most of the remainder (17%) drilled in February and March as soil conditions improved. It is estimated that 76% of the intended wheat area is in fair to excellent condition, with 18% in poor to very poor conditions. The remainder is yet to emerge, which is mainly crops sown in February/March. It is estimated that about 74% of the winter oilseed rape area is in fair to excellent condition, with about 8% considered to be in very poor condition and at risk of failure. Better weather in March has provided farmers a window to make a good start at planting spring cereal areas and complete some much needed nitrogen applications on winter areas.
Regional crop condition scores and growth stage data are available on the AHDB Crop Development report dashboard.
This crop development report has been prepared by ADAS using data provided by regional reporters from ADAS, NIAB TAG, SRUC and some independent agronomists.
The full Crop Development Report is also available from the AHDB website.