James Stafford is half way through the wheat harvest at Pickwick Lodge Farm, Corsham, Wiltshire, with the majority of yields better than expected. 

“The oilseed rape was very average at 3.2t/ha,” Mr Stafford said. “Although yields were pretty close together, of the varieties we put in Extrovert was the best of the lot.”

Crop facts

  • Crop: Oilseed rape
  • Varieties: Extrovert, Cabernet and Camelot
  • Area: 65ha
  • Yield: 3.2t/ha

Mr Stafford was very pleased with the 45ha of Cassia winter barley, which yielded 8.6t/ha.

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Winter wheat had also been very good for the year, with Santiago, Alchemy, and Viscount averaging 9.4t/ha and coming off the field at around 14% moisture.

However, the more recently cut wheat was being put through the drier after coming in between 16 and 17% moisture.

Mr Stafford’s 34ha of Mascani winter oats were cut dry and yielded 8t/ha.

“We’ve had a very good year so far with some high yields and good quality straw,” he said.

“It’s a shame the prices are so shocking, but at least we’re right on target with where we need to be for the year.”