- #Harvest 2018
With the high temperatures in recent days, the first combine harvesters have made their appearance in the fields of winter barley. So it's official: the 2018 harvest has begun, first in the Indre department at the start of last week, then in Cher, and now in all the departments of the Centre-Val de Loire region and the Axereal territory. Last Sunday, the progress in the barley harvest was between 10% and 75% from north to south, with the harvested grain showing a healthy condition. Contrasting results are to be noted on the yields, with averages slightly below the historic averages for all our regions (around 6.5 to 7.5 t/ha according to the sector). The protein rates are good, and the grades are very mixed. Although the first harvesting of rapeseed (non-representative) had barely begun last weekend, the week's weather conditions have made it possible to make significant progress with the rapeseed and with the barley harvest.
The winter barley harvest is now practically complete throughout the territory, with the most northerly zones 80% harvested. The yields are confirmed to be mixed, and globally below the year-on-year average. The health and technological qualities are satisfactory (specific weight, proteins), but with a dip in the grades, despite the rates improving compared to the first grain harvested. The rapeseed harvest began before the rains, with wide variations according to zone. 70% of the rapeseed has been harvested in certain territories of the Indre department, whereas the harvest is just beginning in Touraine and the north of Eure-et-Loir. The yields are globally disappointing and in contrast with the records of last year. The first spring barley, of very good quality, presents perfectly satisfactory yields and we are awaiting resumption of harvest after the rains to confirm this. The first soft wheat has specific weights that are up to standard (between 76 and 80), and here again the results of these first harvests should be confirmed when harvesting resumes during the week.
The winter barley harvest is now complete. The rapeseed harvest is well advanced throughout the territory, and there is widespread disappointment with the yields. We shall have attained barely 3t/ha for the entire Axereal territory, with results between 1t/ha and 4t/ha. Many farmers have stopped with the rapeseed to turn their attentions, for some, to durum wheat and, for others, to soft wheat. The soft wheat is of good quality on average (proteins, SW) and should comply with export specifications. The durum wheat is of excellent quality in the main production zone, with thoroughly satisfactory yields. All produce is now being harvested, hitting a peak on 12 July, with nearly 200,000 tonnes harvested in a single day!