Farming News - Dry weather allows a swift start to winter barley & winter oilseed rape harvest

Dry weather allows a swift start to winter barley & winter oilseed rape harvest

25 Jul 2022
Frontdesk / Arable

AHDB have released their first harvest report for 2022 and covers the beginning of harvest up to 19 July 2022. The early report is based solely on data from the South East, South West, Eastern and East Midlands regions, with an indication of harvest progress elsewhere in the country.

The hot and dry weather has continued across the UK throughout July, with an average UK air temperature of 18.7°C recorded during the week ending 12 July. This is 2.6°C above the long-term average. The week ending 19 July saw continued high temperatures in excess of 30°C. Across the UK, the average rainfall for the week ending 12 July was only 0.1 mm.

The dry weather has enabled farmers to make a good start to the winter barley and winter oilseed rape harvest in Southern and Eastern regions of England. Winter barley harvest progress has been exceptionally rapid with 69% of the English, Welsh and Scottish harvest already complete. The next earliest harvest was 2006, where 45% was complete by week 2.

Overall, 28% of the GB winter oilseed rape area (WOSR) has been harvested up to 19 July. This is based on data mainly from the South and Eastern regions.

WOSR harvest in the South and East is well progressed ranging from 50 - 75% complete. However, in the West Midlands and further north harvest was only just starting or not yet underway. Overall, harvest progress is slightly ahead of recent years, where typically 4 - 15% is complete by the end of week 2.

Where farmers have completed the winter barley and winter oilseed rape harvest in Eastern and Southern regions, a start has been made on winter wheat harvest.

Concerns over combine fires and hot grain have been at the forefront of farmers’ minds. As a result, combines have been rolling late at night and early in the morning to combat the high temperatures. However, high overnight temperatures are hampering attempts to cool hot grain before entering the grain store.

For the full GB harvest update, find the full report here.