Alistair Home-Roberts was about 85% through harvest at Berwick Grove Farm, Shrewsbury, with just 55ha (135 acres) of spring barley and wheat to do.

“The wheat has done very well – we’re very pleased with it,” he said. Yields had ranged from 8.6-12.4t/ha (3.5-5t/acre) – about 2.5t/ha (1t/acre) above average.

“Bushelweights are fantastic – way over the 72kg/hl we need. We’re chuffed to bits.”

Westminster spring barley had yielded about average, reckoned Mr Home-Roberts, and the remaining 14ha (35 acres) was late-drilled so was looking fine.

Castille, Bravour and Lioness oilseed rape had all yielded about 4.3t/ha (1.75t/acre), which was very pleasing, he added.

Crop: Winter wheat
Variety: Humber
Area: 100ha (250 acres)
Yield: 11.1t/ha (4.5t/acre)

Variety: Oakley
Area: 16ha (40 acres)
Yield: 10.6t/ha (4.3t/acre)

Variety: Alchemy
Area: 45ha (110 acres)
Yield: 9.6t/ha (3.9t/acre)

Variety: Consort
Area: 16ha (40 acres)
Yield: 10.6t/ha (4.3t/acre)

Variety: Gladiator
Area: 105ha (260 acres)
Yield: 9.3t/ha (3.75t/acre)

Crop: Oilseed rape
Varieties: Castille, Bravour and Lioness
Area: 109ha (270 acres)
Yield: 4.3t/ha (1.75t/acre)


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