The following is a brief harvest update for the UK – rain has temporarily interrupted the harvest.
England – winter barley crop with 75% harvested is good to excellent.
Pearl is good, with 80% suitable for malting – a huge improvement on the estimated average of 55%. This is mainly due to lower protein levels.
Flagon has been a great success with bold samples and farm yields better than Pearl across all soil types. As with everything there are exceptions – and many seem to be in North Norfolk, where they have had no rain! This is proving to be very much a Yorkshire and Suffolk year, with the very best Winter barley samples coming from Suffolk.
Spring barley results are more variable but as predicted based on drilling date – the earlier drilled the better the barley. Some barleys are fantastic, bold mid protein and sun-bleached, others are thin and very high protein – some have been recorded with screenings levels as high as 20%. We will, as always, only be accepting at Muntons barleys from the 2006 harvest that meet our exacting specifications.
Cocktail is the main variety and we are happy with its performance.
Prices are rising as the whole soft commodity sentiment dominates the markets.
More detail when harvest restarts following the rain!!