James Walby is flat out drilling next year’s crops at East House Farm, Ponteland, Northumberland, although this year’s harvest was not as good as hoped.

“Everything’s in the barn, but the year has been pretty average,” he said.

The 323ha of oilseed rape was only average for the farm.

“It had all been coming off nicely and very dry up until two weeks ago when the weather broke, so the dryers were back in action.”

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The 404ha of Claire winter wheat again only reached average yields and came off at between 17% and 20% moisture.

“It looked okay right up to harvest, but the yields weren’t as high as we had anticipated which was disappointing,” Mr Walby said.

“On the brighter side straw quality was very good and we’re three weeks ahead of usual.”

Mr Walby was now busy drilling next year’s winter wheat.

“We’re putting Claire in again and we’ve been out on heavy ground today (29 August) while the sun’s still shining.”