Rising forward prices give good grounds for optimism
Crops look very promising and with forward grain prices continuing to move upwards, it gives good grounds for optimism, even if they are fluctuating a lot.
Prices remain strong due to concerns that Russian and Ukrainian yields will be down, leading to reduced export potential.
However, there are numerous factors which can still have an impact on harvest prices. If you have not sold any grain forward yet you should give serious consideration to selling 50pc or even more of your projected harvest.
Growth over the past two weeks has brought nearly all crops to the normal development stage for this time of year, despite the very slow growth through late April and early May and rapid development earlier in the year.
Winter barley is now in the critical grain-fill period. Disease levels are low and risk of new infection at this stage is also low with the exception of rust.
Crops that received a strobilurin in the past three weeks are relatively safe but need to monitored carefully, particularly if relatively lower fungicide rates were used.
Winter wheat spray programmes were difficult due to the prolonged interval between T1 and T2.
Some growers who applied a T1.5 came back in with less robust rates for T2 and now need to be particularly vigilant in inspecting crops and give careful consideration to T3s.