Ted Davison has finished harvest at New Farm, Elsworth, Bedfordshire, where wheat yields have been below average.


Oakley, which would be replaced by Santiago this year, topped the rankings at 10-11t/ha (4-4.5t/acre).

Invicta came in at 9-10t/ha (3.6-4t/acre), with Scout at 8-9t/ha (3.2-3.6t/acre) and spring wheat Paragon at 7t/ha (2.8t/acre).

“The Paragon looked shocking, but it weighed a lot better than we’d anticipated,” he said.

Rapeseed yielded a record 4.3t/ha (1.75t/acre) for the farm, with Cabernet outperforming Sesame. “We’re replacing Sesame with Camelot this year.”

Genki peas yielded about average at 3.75t/ha (1.52t/acre). “They were very small, but there were lots of them – and the quality is unbelievably good.

“All in all, considering the season, it hasn’t been too shabby a harvest.”


Crop: Winter wheat
Variety: Oakley
Yield: 10-11t/ha (4-4.5t/acre)


Variety: Invicta
Yield: 9-10t/ha (3.6-4t/acre)


Variety: Scout
Yield: 8-9t/ha (3.2-3.6t/acre)

Crop: Spring wheat
Variety: Paragon
Yield: 7t/ha (2.8t/acre)


Crop: Oilseed rape
Varieties: Cabernet and Sesame
Yield: 4.3t/ha (1.75t/acre)


Crop: Peas
Variety: Genki
Area: 120ha (300 acres)
Yield: 3.75t/ha (1.52t/acre)


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