Giles Porter was finding time for a quiet beer on Tuesday evening (5 August), having almost finished the winter barley and rape before the rain.
“The rape has been pleasantly surprising – it didn’t look very good all year with pigeon and slug damage,” he said. The 283ha (700 acres) of Castille and Expert combined at Penn Croft Farms, Farnham, Surrey, as well as on some neighbouring land, averaged 3.7t/ha (1.5t/ac).
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The 69ha (170 acres) of Flagon also did well at 6.9t/ha (2.8t/acre) with a full malting specification.
“We’ll probably be straight into the spring barley and wheat as soon as the weather dries up – it’s turning all the time and is all still standing.”
Crop: Winter barley
Area: 69ha (170 acres)
Yield: 6.9t/ha (2.8t/acre)
Crop: Oilseed rape
Varieties: Castille and Expert
Area: 283ha (700 acres)
Yield: 3.7/ha (1.5t/acre)
Crop: Spring barley
Area: 97ha (240 acres)
Crop: Winter wheat
Varieties: Einstein, Alchemy, Claire, Humber and Oakley
Area: 486ha (1200 acres)
Duxford winter wheat is an HGCA Recommended List 2008/09 variety with very high