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
Area: 40ha (100 acres)
Yield: 7.4t/ha (3t/acre)
Crop: Spring wheat
Area: 16ha (40 acres)
Yield: 4.8t/ha (1.9t/acre)
Crop: Spring oats
Area: 5ha (12 acres)
Yield: 7.3t/ha (3t/acre)
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