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Combining wheat in Yorkshire

Andrew Gloag is combining today (30 August), after a very wet weekend at Busby House Farm, Stokesley, North Yorkshire.

“We had over an inch of rain at the weekend, and started combining again yesterday at 20% moisture.

“We are only 30% through our wheat, so we’re keen to make the most of this week, given the way the calendar is moving on.”

Harvest progress was now about normal, despite having started so early, he said.

“Yields have been very good on the barley, oilseed rape, and, so far, the wheat. We’re on heavy clay loam, and the drought worries never came to fruition.”

So far the wheat was yielding over 10t/ha (4t/acre), which was very encouraging, said Mr Gloag.

“We’ve had a number of 12.4t/ha (5t/acre) crops. Diego and Conqueror have done exceptionally well, and the Grafton has been okay in fertile spots.”

Volume winter barley yielded exceptionally well, at an average of 9.4t/ha (3.8t/acre), up to a top of 10.4t/ha (3.8t/acre).

“Ear counts were very low, so we weren’t very optimistic. I don’t know where the yield came from.”

Oilseed rape also averaged over 5t/ha (2t/acre). “We are absolutely delighted – the worst bit was 4.4t/ha (1.8t/acre), which is normally our rolling average.”

That left 600ha (1500 acres) of wheat still to cut. “We are a bit vulnerable to the weather, but five good days will soon make a big hole in it, with two combines on the go.”

Crop: Winter wheat
Varieties: Grafton, Diego and Conqueror
Yield: >10t/ha (4t/acre)

Crop: Winter barley
Variety: Volume
Yield: 9.4t/ha (3.8t/acre)

Crop: Oilseed rape
Varieties: Expower, Excalibur, Excel and Palace
Yield: >5t/ha (2t/acre)

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Combining wheat in Yorkshire

David Hinchliffe was combining winter wheat until 12.30am last night (25 August), and was very pleased with yields so far.

The 100ha (250 acres) of Cordiale cut at Bank House Farm, Goole, Yorkshire, had yielded well over 10t/ha (4t/acre) as a second wheat, and up to 12t/ha (4.9t/acre) as a first wheat.

“Quality is holding up so far,” said Mr Hinchliffe. Cordiale cut last week tested at 360-380 Hagberg, but no results were available yet for wheat cut over the weekend.

“We had two inches of rain last week so it’s nice to be going again,” he said. Oilseed rape cut a while ago yielded a consistent 4tha (1.6t/acre), which was also very pleasing.

Mr Hinchliffe hoped to make a start on the Humber seed crop this afternoon and the Viscount seed crop tomorrow.

He would then return to the Cordiale and Brompton commercial crop, with 200ha (494 acres) left to cut.

“There’s a lot of wheat to cut in our part of Yorkshire – I don’t think many people will finish this week.”

On average, harvest was about 60% complete in the area, with a third of the winter wheat now cut, he said.

Crop: Winter wheat
Variety: Cordiale
Area: 100ha (250 acres)
Yield: 10-12t/ha (4-4.9t/acre)

Crop: Oilseed rape
Varieties: Castille and Astrid
Area: 60ha (148 acres)
Yield: 4t/ha (1.6t/acre)


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