Sir; I write in response to your story, 'Millers warn of price rises for baked goods' (The Grocer, 12 August, p12). This year's harvest is by no means over, but farmers have already reaped some outstanding quality wheat this month. Most of our members report satisfactory yields and that milling quality is generally excellent, with a higher than usual proportion reaching milling specification.

As a consequence, milling quality premiums are lower than for many years, and currently stand at just over £10/tonne.

Although the quality of this year's crop is welcome for farmers, it is not the only commodity to have seen price rises. Any grain price advance has been more than outweighed by the massive increase in energy costs to the sector. Markets dictate this must be reflected in grain prices, so a return can be made to growers, or production will fall back correspondingly.