Bumper harvest week

Perfect weather led to a bumper harvest week in early September.
Perfect weather led to a bumper harvest week in early September.

Farmers combined more in the week to September 3 than in any week of harvest during the past five years.

That’s according to the latest HGCA/ADAS report which states that combines cut 1.3million ha of crops over the week.

That includes 45 per cent of the UK’s wheat area and almost 40 per cent of the spring barley.

The report said almost 80 per cent of all combinable crops had been harvested at that point, in line with the five-year average.

With 85 per cent of winter wheat in the barn, yields were estimated at 7.6-7.7t/ha and 5.5-5.7t/ha for spring barley (at 70 per cent cleared).