Adrian Howell hopes to finish combining oilseed rape at Lighthouse Farm, Sutton Bridge, Lincolnshire, today (23 July), ready to move into winter wheat in the week ahead.

“We had 220ha of PR46W21, Avatar, Extrovert, Compass and a little bit of Harper, which yielded 4.6–5.7t/ha,” he said.

“We can’t say the star performer until we have the results back, but we’re not expecting any dramatic differences.

Crop facts

  • Crop: Oilseed rape
  • Varieties: PR46W21, Avatar, Extrovert, Compass and Harper
  • Area: 220ha
  • Yield: 4.6–5.7t/ha

“It’s not proving to be an exceptional year, but we’re the right side of average and it’s certainly better than last year.”

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Mr Howell had concerns that last weekend’s weather would damage the oilseed rape, but fortunately he missed the storms, and is now looking forward to moving into winter wheat.

“The wheat doesn’t look as good as last year, but we’re hoping it won’t be too disappointing,” he said.

“The weather looks set to be good for the week ahead and we’re ready to get moving with the rest of the harvest.”