David Hoyles has finished harvesting peas and beetroot at Monmouth Farm, Long Sutton, Lincolnshire, and is extremely pleased with this year’s beetroot crop.

“We had 30ha of Tablo and it’s the best emergence we’ve seen over the past five years,” he said. “We’ve seen yields reach 37t/ha during July, which is up by about 15% on previous years.”

The Sienna standard peas yielded 9.7t/ha, which was about average for the farm.

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“Although the standard peas weren’t too bad, Noirop petit pois were a bit disappointing, and around 15% down on our average yield at 4.4t/ha.”

Mr Hoyles put this down to the weather extremes over the past few weeks.

“The weather’s good now, but the hot sun followed by the heavy rainfall and hail damage has certainly had an impact.” 

Mr Hoyles was expecting to start on the winter wheat next week.

“It’s looking like it has potential but we’ll have to wait and see what the yields are really like once it’s put through the combine,” he said.

“We’re busy spraying the mustard, which is due to be cut in the not too distant future. Potatoes are also due to be sprayed today (30 July) and it’s looking likely to be one of our earliest potato harvests.”

Crop facts
Crop: Standard peas
Variety Sienna
Area: 43ha
Yield: 9.7t/ha
Crop: Petit Pois
Variety: Noirop
Area: 22ha
Yield: 4.4t/ha
   
Crop: Beetroot
Variety: Tablo
Area: 30ha
Yield: 37t/ha