Adrian Howell finished combining his linseed at Sutton Bridge, Lincs, last week (w/e 19 September), bringing harvest to a close.

The linseed averaged 2.5t/ha (1t/acre), which was pleasing, he said.

“We harvested all the wheat at between 18% and 21% moisture and it was the highest yielding harvest for some time.”

Diego and Viscount yielded the best, but overall the wheat averaged more than 10.5t.ha (4.25t/acre).

Kabuki marrowfat pea had also been pleasing, at 5t/ha (2t/acre), but the vining peas had shelled out and sprouted so had to be abandoned and disced in.

“Most people have finished harvest around here – there are a few beans left,” said Mr Howell.

He was now drilling wheat and lifting Marfona potatoes, which were doing well at 50t/ha (20t/acre).

Crop: Winter wheat
Varieties: Diego, Viscount, Timber, Alchemy and Oakley
Area: 850ha (2100 acres)
Yield: >10.5t/ha (4.25t/acre)

Crop: Oilseed rape
Area: 12ha (30 acres)
Variety: Astrid
Yield: 4.5t/ha (1.8t/acre)

Crop: Peas
Area: 162ha (400 acres)
Variety: Kabuki
Yield: 5t/ha (2t/acre)


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