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The HGCA say that more than half the country's winter barley has already been cut, and almost a fifth of the winter OSR. Winter barley harvesting is already almost finished south of the M62. Only a small amount of early maturing varieties of winter wheat has so far been cut.

As with elsewhere in Europe barley yields are "highly variable dependent upon soil type and variety," they say.

"On average yields appear to be slightly lower than average, but not as poor as was feared as a result of the drought. Quality of straw is good but yields are down (10-15%)," they add.

OSR yields are also variable, but average 3.5-4.2 MT/ha, based on only the limited information available so far oil content is coming in at around 44%, they say.