Andrew Charlton was pleased to have finished harvest at Poplar Farm, Kings Lynn, Norfolk, but still had 28ha (70 acres) of his neighbour’s wheat to cut.

“It’s been horrendous – it’s our fifth consecutive wet harvest, but it could have been a lot worse.”

All his wheat had come in below 18% moisture, and Mr Charlton was pleased with his organic yields.

Einstein wheat had yielded 7.4t/ha (3t/acre), with spring oats averaging much the same. However, Paragon spring barley had disappointed at just 4.8t/ha (1.9t/acre).

“We are reviewing whether spring wheat has a place in the rotation.”

The remaining wheat on the neighbouring farm was still standing, he said. “But it’s a rough looking sample.”

Mr Charlton reckoned there was still 20% of wheat to cut in the area, with smaller farms without much drying capacity struggling the most.

Crop: Winter wheat
Variety: Einstein
Area: 40ha (100 acres)
Yield: 7.4t/ha (3t/acre)

Crop: Spring wheat
Variety: Paragon
Area: 16ha (40 acres)
Yield: 4.8t/ha (1.9t/acre)

Crop: Spring oats
Variety: Firth
Area: 5ha (12 acres)
Yield: 7.3t/ha (3t/acre)


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