James Chamberlain has finished harvest at Glebe Farm, Shardlow, Derbyshire, but some farmers still have linseed, spring rapeseed and winter wheat to cut.


“The oilseed rape wasn’t too bad – it averaged 3.75t/ha (1.5t/acre), which, given the very dry season on light land, I’m quite satisfied with.”

However, if rain had arrived on time, the Fashion and Bravour could have reached 5t/ha (2t/acre), he said.

Gallant winter wheat was very pleasing, at 9.5t/ha (3.8t/acre). “It was a lovely sample – very clean and bright with very high protein. We’re very pleased with it and will plant more this year.”

Solstice ranged from 8.5t/ha (3.4t/acre) to 11t/ha (4.5t/acre), but was all over 13% protein. “The last cut was a little down on Hagberg but it all made milling quality.

“The yield was so variable, with the strong land doing well – it really reflected the moisture bearing capacity of the land.”

Spring barley was unexciting, at 6t/ha (2.4t/acre) – well down on last year’s 7.5t/ha (3t/acre), but all the Propino and Quench was good seed quality.

Mr Chamberlain had finished drilling oilseed rape and expected to start winter wheat in a week’s time.


Crop: Oilseed rape
Varieties: Fashion and Bravour
Yield: 3.75t/ha (1.5t/acre)


Crop: Winter wheat
Variety: Gallant
Yield: 9.5t/ha (3.8t/acre)


Variety: Solstice
Yield: 8.4-11t/ha (3.4-4.5t/acre)


Crop: Spring barley
Varieties: Propino and Quench
Yield: 6t/ha (2.4t/acre)