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The UK harvest is coming to an end and thanks to Frontier (AB Agri’s joint venture with Cargill) providing their data for review, we can take a look at how the new harvest is looking and how it compares to last year.
At a first glance, feed wheat protein (figure 1) is slightly lower than last year nationally by -0.2%, so very marginal. This is likely to be a result of the cooler and wetter weather we have had this year, compared to the very hot and dry weather we experienced last year. For the same reason, the wheat moistures (figure 2) are higher (+1.3%) and specific weights a little lower than 2018, but moistures are still lower than the 2017 wheat harvest.
Mycotoxin levels are low in both wheat and barley, despite being very slightly higher than last year. Mycotoxins are toxins produced by fungi which may affect the grain, either when the crop is growing in the field, or when in store after harvest, and are harmful at higher levels. However, the levels reported are not of concern to game birds and are similar to levels reported between 2014 and 2017. There appears to be a slight “hot spot” of DON in barley from Cambridgeshire which will be carefully monitored.
A final summary will be produced once we have received all the data from the new harvest, but we are expecting minimal impact as we switch from old to new crop.
Figure 1: Feed wheat protein, 2018 vs 2019:
Figure 2: Feed wheat moistures, 2018 vs 2019: