The results, which were based on 18,000 wheat samples collected up to 31 August, showed a lower moisture content, plus a higher Hagberg Falling Number, specific weight and protein level, compared to 2010 and three-year averages. This suggests the 2011 crop may be of better quality than 2010 when 37% of 2010 wheat samples made full bread milling specification (nabim group 1).
However, the HGCA warned that the findings were currently biased towards higher-quality bread milling wheat, with the full results in November expected to give a better overall picture of the crop, especially for soft milling varieties.
Average moisture content in this year’s wheat crop was recorded at 14.9% with an average protein content of 12.3% – an increase on 2010’s final result of 11.9% and 4% higher than the three-year average.
Just over 75% of the UK’s wheat crop had been harvested by the beginning of this week, with yields just under the five-year average at between 7.5-7.7 tonnes per hectare.