Thesecond set of results from AHDB/HGCAs Cereal Quality Survey have confirmedthat the average nitrogen content of GB barley is the lowest since recordsbegan in 1977.
TheCereal Quality Survey, which analysed 26,513 barley samples from across GB,showed an average nitrogen content of 1.53%, lower than the three-year averageof 1.68% and the lowest recorded result. The screening results improved fromthe results released in August, indicating that grain size is currently abovethe three-year average. The average specific weight, however, was lower thanthat recorded in August this year.
AmandeepKaur Purewal, AHDB/HGCA Senior Analyst (Cereals and Oilseeds), said: OverallGB barley quality is reasonable in terms of specific weight and grain size, andthe low average nitrogen levels this year will be beneficial to the distillingsector. However, for brewers, who require a higher nitrogen content, this couldlead to a more challenging year ahead.
Forwheat, the survey for 71,106 samples revealed a slight deterioration in qualitycompared with the initial results published at the end of August. However,specific weights and Hagbergs are still close to or above average.
DrPurewal added: The average protein content remains the limiting factor inmeeting milling specifications, although millers do have the option tocompensate for this by adding further gluten or imported wheat to the flour mixat an extra cost. However, there are also some technical limitations withadding extra gluten depending on the end-use. The decline in quality from theprevious estimates is unsurprising given that more nabim group 3 and group 4varieties now comprise the overall wheat sample.
Thefinal results of the Cereal Quality Survey will be published at the end ofOctober/early November.