Early indications are that this year’s wheat crop has improved in quality on last year.

According to Nabim director-general Alex Waugh, three- quarters of the UK crop has been harvested so far. "There is quite a lot further to go in assessing the wheat’s quality, but early indications are that it is better than last year, which was very low, but still behind the wheat harvest in 2004, ’05 and ’06," he said, adding there was a sense of relief that quality had improved, and more would be known in a few weeks time.

Looking at crops from abroad, Waugh said that France’s crop was looking good in terms of size, but had a low protein level; Germany’s crop was variable; and there would be a smaller crop coming from Canada this year.