Will Mumford was finishing off winter barley at Agden Hill Farm, Great Staughton, Cambridgeshire, today (31 July).

The 50ha (125 acres) of Pearl had averaged a disappointing 7.2t/ha (2.9t/acre), following a waterlogged winter.

“It was the most variable crop I have ever cut, ranging from 4-10t/ha (1.6-4t/acre).”

Mr Mumford’s rape had also been variable, having re-sown some Galileo and Lioness with Bravour last September.

The 50ha (125 acre) mixture averaged almost 4.9t/ha (2t/acre), with the Bravour substantially outperforming the other varieties.

“When we swathed it I didn’t think we would have more than 1t/acre (2.5t/ha) – when I got into it I thought the combine’s yield meter was wrong!”

Harvest at Agden Hill Farm was now halfway through, but progress in the area was more like 20% complete, he added.

“The wheat is almost fit, but it doesn’t look very good and I think it has begun to deteriorate.”

Crop: Winter barley
Variety: Pearl
Area: 50ha (125 acres)
Yield: 7.2t/ha (2.9t/acre)

Crop: Oilseed rape
Varieties: Galileo, Lioness, Bravour
Area: 50ha (125 acres)
Yield: 4.9t/ha (2t/acre)

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