Tracking harvest results

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THE NFU is calling on members to help answer important questions about the 2012 harvest.

Its annual survey of combinable crops is the first source of published data on production levels in the UK, and is up to a month before Defra’s official statistics.

Anecdotal evidence points to highly variable results so far this year.

Covering issues such as the impact of the wet summer, the results of higher winter crop areas and lower spring plantings and the effects of difficult field conditions, the survey will help the NFU to get a picture of the wheat crop in England by mid-September.

The aim is then to produce an estimate of the whole harvest by early October.

NFU chief combinable crops adviser Guy Gagen said: “Without the information provided by members in previous seasons it would have simply been impossible to generate an accurate estimate as we are relying on this input in order to maintain our accurate track record with harvest results.

“Now that the survey is available online it will be even easier for our members to record crucial information about their harvest, and put together that all important national picture to keep farmers on the front foot in price negotiations.

“We need as many of our members as possible to fill the survey in, as without their input, this simply wouldn’t be possible.”

Take part at http://www.nfuonline.com/websurveys/harve0812/harve0812.htm