Carl Tuer has nearly finished combining wheat at Rock Farms, Alnwick, Northumberland, leaving 200ha (500 acres) of spring barley and oats to cut.

“Wheat quality still seems reasonable – it’s absolutely amazing, the amount of sprouting we’ve got is minimal.”

Bushelweights seemed good and yields were excellent at about 10.9t/ha (4.4t.acre), said Mr Tuer.

With the aid of a second combine he had just made a start on the spring barley, and hoped to be on again later today (24 September).

The barley looked reasonable, but the oats had been laid for a long time, so would be difficult to cut.

“Most farms have got 20-30% left to do – they’re getting there,” he said.


Crop: Winter wheat
Variety: Claire
Area: 80ha (200 acres)
Yield: 10t/ha (4t/acre)

Crop: Winter barley
Variety: Pearl
Area: 200ha (500 acres)
Yield: 8.9t/ha (3.6t/acre)

Crop: Oilseed rape
Varieties: Excalibur, Royal and Express
Area: 300ha (740 acres)
Yield: 3.9t/ha (1.6t/acre)

Crop: Winter wheat
Varieties: Humber, Alchemy and Claire
Area: 364ha (900 acres)
Yield: 10.9t/ha (4.4t/acre)

Crop: Spring barley
Variety: Oxbridge
Area: 120ha (296 acres)

Crop: Winter oats
Variety: Dalguise
Area: 60ha (150 acres)

 

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