A wet and humid August has had a negative impact on wheat production, according to the results of the 2004 Harvest Review.

Allied Grain Commercial director noted that growers would have to seek out quality premiums to add any value to their crop.

“More imports of quality wheats are on the cards, and the UK’s predicted exportable surplus of 3.5 million tonnes is going to have to compete on price alone to find any markets.

The UK has produced an estimated 15.7 million tonne UK wheat harvest of variable quality compared to higher quality wheat production achieved in both Germany and France.

The UK barley production is slightly down on 2003’s 6.37 tonne harvest at 5.8 million tonnes, making the supply and demand situation tight.