Kent farmer Bill Harbour said harvest was going slowly at Gosmere Farm, Faversham. He had been held off by the rain with 32ha (80ac) of wheat left to cut from 170ha (425ac). “We’ve had 83mm of rain since Friday night (Aug 11) so we’ve slowed down.”

Yields had been pretty good with Xi19 cutting at 10-11t/ha (4-4.4t/ac) and second wheat at 9t/ha (3.6t/ac). Hereward had yielded 9t/ha (3.6t/ac) and one field of Solstice had done 11t/ha (4.4t/ac) with 16ha (40ac) left to cut.

He was very pleased with bushel weights of 76 – 83kg/hl, with the majority above 80.

Mr Harbour planned to drop Hereward next year. “With Hereward yielding 1t/ha less than Solstice it is not worth growing, and the premium is not worth the hassle factor of having to store the grain separately.”

He planned to grow Solstice “in a big way next year” and some Xi19. “It will make life easier.”

He added: “We’re not getting too panicked. Things are going very well, providing we can get the crop in by next week.”

• Crop: Winter wheat
• Area: 32ha remain of 170ha
• Variety: Hereward
• Yield: 9t/ha (3.6t/ac)
• Quality: Bushel weight 76-83kg/hl

• Crop: Winter wheat
• Area: 32ha remain of 170ha
• Variety: Solstice
• Yield: 11t/ha (4.4t/ac)
• Quality: Bushel weight 76-83kg/hl

• Crop: Winter wheat
• Area: 32ha remain of 170ha
• Variety: Xi19
• Yield: 10-11t/ha
• Quality: Bushel weight 76-83kg/hl