Arable farmers in the Westcountry are relieved and delighted at the results of the main grain harvest so far.
With 80% of the harvest garnered, they are counting their blessings – and thinking back 12 months to the 2012 fiasco.
"We've been very fortunate this year," said Mike Hambly, from Callington, who has finished his harvest. "It's certainly been one of the better harvests we've had – and a great improvement on recent years."
Mr Hambly, who is chairman of the regional arable board and vice chairman of the National Farmers' Union combinable crops board, reported his Westcountry members had been "pleasantly surprised" by the results they had recorded.
"Quality has been particularly good compared with what was expected and very good specific weights in contrast to last year," he commented. "We just hope the grain merchants will be paying us a bonus this year for quality, having docked payments last year."
His oilseed rape crop had been especially pleasing, with an oil content of 45.7%, which was very good, while both oats and wheat had yielded very well.
On the down side, all crops had moisture content sufficiently high to need time in the drier, which was expensive. Wheat had recorded moisture of between 17% and 21%, when 15% is the make-or-break percentage on drier requirement.
"And obviously, because of the good results, the price has dropped a bit."
Further east, farmers reported the harvest had been much better than expected, particularly after the wet start to the year.
"I've heard from growers who told me that crops they had virtually despaired over and written off in the spring had come right and produced reasonable yields," said Duncan Lyon, grainstore manager at Devon Grain's giant Cullompton depot.
"This has been a good year compared with what had been expected," he added.
It had been a tricky harvest at the Cullompton site because of the variety of crops all arriving at the same time this year, instead of in commodity batches. For example, while most lorry loads arriving now contained wheat, beans were coming on stream, and there were still crops of oilseed rape, barley and oats to do.
In general terms, the early crops had been the better quality, though yields had been good throughout.
Bushel-weight (the capacity measure) had been good for barley, at 67, and even better for wheat at 74.2. "It's been a real pleasure to see some of this grain," said Mr Lyon.