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UK barley harvest arrives early


The UK barley harvest has arrived 7-10 days earlier than normal, with many growers in the south and East Anglia taking advantage of good weather in the first week of July.

Harvest reports have shown early positive signs, with yields returning between 7.5-8.5t/ha. Quality of early winter barley samples are mixed. In general, results are better than a year ago, although there are some high screenings present.

Barley production looks likely to exceed last year’s figure and with UK competitively priced, Gleadell has started moving barley to export markets, providing growers with prompt movement.

The first vessel of Gleadell’s export programme started loading on 14 July, when 4000t of feed barley was loaded onto the Arklow Forest at Great Yarmouth, destined for Ireland.

The UK is expecting to export in the region of 200,000t of feed barley in the harvest position, according to trading director Jonathan Lane.

“Overall, winter barleys in France have achieved average yields and quality,” he said. “Some areas with below-average yields and higher proteins provided initial support to EU prices, but a more positive picture for the spring crop and a good forecast for crops in UK and Scandinavia have seen values retrace.”

For further information contact

Jonathan Lane, trading director

01427 421221 |


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