Crisp Malting Group Ltd – Harvest 2018 Update by Bob King

Introduction In the 4 weeks since our last report there has been hardly a drop of rain in northern Europe, whilst temperatures have reached record levels in Scandinavia and UK. The consequence is early harvests, low yields, quality issues (particularly in the malting barley crop) and price levels last seen in 2012. The hot and […]

Crisp Malting Group Harvest 2018 Update

Introduction With no break in the long hot and dry weather that has dominated the weather pattern over NW Europe since early May, it is not surprising to report an early start to harvest of winter barley and oilseed rape in UK. Widespread concerns about the spring barley crop throughout the EU have been further […]

Norfolk Malt for Norfolk Beer for Michelin Star Food

It’s not so very long ago that anyone asking for a beer in a restaurant would have received a cool response. Wine was the accompaniment to fine food. Michelin starred chef, Galton Blackiston, has finally put the nail in the coffin of that myth. He has gone further than offering beer in his renowned Morston […]

Crop 2018 June Update by Bob King

Introduction With the commencement of harvest in Southern Europe fast approaching, markets for all grains and oilseeds are in bullish mode as a combination of weather factors around the world appear to be heralding a move to tighter world grain stocks after several years of good harvests and growing stocks. At a global level concerns […]

Crop 2017 September Update by Bob King

Introduction Harvesting of winter barley in the south and east of England started in the last few days of June; the earliest start since 1976, with many growers starting more than 2 weeks earlier than usual. The early harvest resulted from a combination of the spring drought and a period of high temperatures and above […]

Crop 2017 May Update by Bob King

Introduction With the completion of spring barley planting in Europe, attention is now focussed on the potential production from the coming harvest with traders trying to establish supply and demand numbers, through a combination of planted areas, forecast yields (difficult given the current weather conditions), carryover stocks from 2016 crop and forecast demand from the […]

Crop 2017 January Update By Bob King

  Introduction As we enter 2017, the malting industry’s attention is beginning to focus on crop 2017, with growers finalising their spring planting intentions. Against a background of what was potentially a very large EU 2016 spring barley crop, the crop will probably only outturn sufficient malting barley to meet domestic EU demand (due to […]

Crop 2016 September Update By Bob King

Introduction: Since our last update on 15th August the mainly fine dry weather throughout the UK has allowed harvest to progress virtually uninterrupted. Spring barley harvesting in England is now virtually complete whilst in Scotland there is probably another 2 weeks of harvesting to be done reflecting the delayed planting of much of the crop. […]

Crop 2016 August Update By Bob King

Introduction: Harvest 2016 is well underway throughout the UK with the winter barley crop virtually finished, and spring barley and wheat harvesting moving rapidly northwards. Weather & Crop Development: The weather patterns from last autumn through to mid-July have not been beneficial  to cereal production within the UK  and is not as surprise that yields […]