September 25, 2008

 

UK 2008 wheat crop shows lower protein content on-year
      
 

Initial results from the quality survey of the UK wheat crop show wheat from the first half of the 2008 harvest had a lower protein content than the 2007 crop, the Home-Grown Cereals Authority (HGCA) said on Wednesday (September 24, 2008).

 

However, quality indicators, including the hagberg falling number and moisture content, increased on the year, said the HGCA.

 

Barley also showed mixed quality.

 

The results came from early samples of the crop, mainly in southern and eastern regions, said the HGCA.

 

"We will have to wait and see how the full picture emerges as later-cut samples are analysed," said Icaro Rebolledo, an economist at the HGCA.

 

"This will give us a much clearer regional analysis and will include samples of varieties which may have been affected by the most recent changes in weather conditions."
       

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