A dry start to the day allowed John Goodchild of Bartlow Estate near Cambridge to resume combining his oilseed rape at 7.30 this morning.
Yields ranged from 1.25t/ha to 3.9t/ha on the mix of sandy/ chalky and heavier clay-based land. He said crops on the light land had suffered from the April drought, but he was pleasantly surprised by those on the heavier soils.
Mr Goodchild said he was dodging between the showers to get crops in, and the variation in yields was more down to soil type, not variety.
• Crop: Oilseed rape
• Area total: 540ha
• Varieties: Castille, ES Astrid
• Area cut: 260ha
• Yield: between 1.25- 4.00 t/ha approx.
• Quality: NA yet