The UK experienced sensational weather for the harvest period of 2018. The hottest and driest June in 32 years saw crops harvested 3 weeks early on average. With only a single day of rain in July, harvest in the South was completed by 21 st August. Taking advantage of the dry conditions, farmers harvested 91% of their crops below 15% moisture with a remarkably low average moisture of 13%. As a result, grain quality has been very high, and disease and toxin levels have been negligible. Most crops yielded slightly below average due to the wet spring, consequent late drilling, and the absence of rain pre- harvest. This will inevitably have an impact on export availability as domestic demand is prioritised. However, this year there are milling wheat cargos available in standard UKP and UKS grades as well as premium quality Group 1 grade. Additionally, there will be a substantial barley export programme.
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