Colin Philliphs is making a start on naked oats today (3 August), after enjoying bumper oilseed rape yields at Dairy Farm, Penhros, Monmouth.


“We’ve never grown naked oats before, so I won’t hazard a guess at what they will yield,” he said.

But the 53ha (130 acres) of oilseed rape averaged an excellent 5.4t/ha (2.2t/acre). “It’s all gone very well – we’ve had a fantastic harvest so far.”

Cabernet topped the yields at 5.8t/ha (2.35t/acre) in one field, with Vision and Osprey both at 5.1t/ha (2.05t/acre) and Castille at 4.8t/ha (1.95t/acre).

Assuming the weather stayed dry, Mr Philliphs expected to be into wheat by the end of the week. “It looks reasonably well, but the forecast isn’t great.”


Crop: Oilseed rape
Varieties: Cabernet, Osprey, Vision and Castille
Area: 53ha (130 acres)
Yield: 4.8-5.8t/ha (1.95-2.35t/acre)
Average yield: 5.4t/ha (2.2t/acre)



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