After finishing his 180ha (440 acre) wheat crop, he said he was happy with the majority, which achieved “splendid yields”.
Claire and Savannah were both yielding between 9 and 10 t/ha (3.64 – 4.05 t/acre) with the early Claire recording hagbergs of 290 and 12% protein.
But he was disappointed with his Robigus. “At first it looked tremendous – yields were ok at 8 t/ha (3.24 t/acre), but bushel weights were so low at 60 kg/hl.”
His neighbour had the same problem, he added. Mr Cumber said he will not be growing Robigus again.
He was harvesting his wheat at 22% moisture and sending it to Wiltshire grain to be dried. “It lets me get to bed at a reasonable time and Wiltshire grain are very fair.”
Wiltshire grain charge 50p per percent moisture per tonne.
One field of Option organic wheat yielded 3.34 t/ha (27 cwt) and another field yielded 3.71 t/ha (30 cwt), reported Mr Cumber.
His Wizard winter beans yielded 5 t/ha (2 t/acre), which he said he was very pleased with.