For Troy Stuart, working from Hill Barton Business Park, Clyst St Mary in Devon, harvest has gone well despite showers.
“It’s going pretty much according to plan –– if anything we’re slightly ahead.”
With just 10% of his 150ha (370 acres) of winter oilseed rape left to cut, yields were good.
“The lowest was Trabant at 1.47t/acre off some quite poor small fields, and the best was some Astrid at 1.75. Excalibur did 1.63. The surprising thing is how consistent it’s all been.
“I should think we’ll average 1.6-1.7 –dried. We have done over 2t/acre before, but we’re no longer on virgin oilseed rape land which I think must make a difference.”
Moistures were initially high in the undesiccated crops, hitting 18% after rain and reflecting the damp summer which encouraged weeds.
Next would be 65ha (161 acres) of SW Dalguise winter oats 30-40% lodged, as was plenty of his wheat.
“It looks as though we’ve done the easy bit,“ he said.
All the rape was sold for October/November averaging £174/t. “I’m happy with that, though I know I might have got £180.”
Four wheat parcels were already sold, the “weather market” generating £130/t for one. “Each time we got to what I thought was the top it went on up!”
He was thankful not to have winter barley. “Most of it’s been cut down here, and there have been some disastrous yields after drought on the sandy soils. The rain came too late.”
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