Tough harvest for Fenland farmers

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Farmers across Fenland have faced a tough end to the harvest due to heavy rain.

Staff at Fengrain in Wimblington were seeing really heavy yields of grain between August 1 and 14 before the onset of poorer weather.

Trader Jonni Henson said: “In Fenland, and Cambridgeshire as a whole, the wheat and barley harvest got off to a fine and slightly early start during the first week of August. Initial crop analysis showed high quality with good protein and high bushel weights, along with some very encouraging yields.

“The first two-three weeks of generally good weather, with only localised showers or storms, enabled growers to make a very handsome effort before poorer weather set in. Fortunately in our region the vast majority, possibly 85 per cent, was harvested before the weather really turned.

“Quality continued to be excellent and yields for rapeseed, barley and particularly wheat are approaching record levels. Wheat yields of 10 tonne per hectare are regular and examples of significantly higher yields are not uncommon.

“From the southern and eastern counties up to The Wash the picture is very good, the story from Lincolnshire and further north, mainly post rain, remains to be seen!

“Although UK cereal plantings were down for the 2015 harvest, the resultant crop, along with a large carry-over in the eastern counties from the previous crop, has ensured a heavy supply which, along with a good harvest from northern Europe in general, has weighed heavily on prices.”