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
Yield: 9.4t/ha (3.8t/acre)
Crop: Oilseed rape
Varieties: Expower, Excalibur, Excel and Palace
Yield: >5t/ha (2t/acre)