Winter oats are producing an excellent sample at Chessons Farm, Wadhurst, Sussex, where James Fuggle has also cut all his winter barley.


“We started cutting oats yesterday (26 July) and it’s a lovely sample, with a bushelweight of 52-58kg/hl.”

Although too early to tell on yield, quality was extremely pleasing, he said.

Saffron winter barley was a bit disappointing at 6.2-7.4t/ha (2.5-3t/acre), but had produced some lovely straw.

“It came in at 10% moisture, so we’ve lost 4-5% of weight already.”

Alienor oilseed rape looked superb, and would be ready in three to four days time, he added.


Crop: Winter barley
Variety: Saffron
Area: 25ha (62 acres)
Yield: 6.2-7.4t/ha (2.5-3t/acre)