Mark Means finished harvest yesterday (19 August) at Terrington St Clement, King’s Lynn, Norfolk, and is pleased with both wheat yields and quality.

Gallant milling wheat proved exceptional, averaging over 12t/ha (4.9t/acre) at 13.7-13.8% protein on one fertile 33ha (81-acre) field, and 12.2% protein over another 20ha (50 acre) field.

Duxford, Viscount and Cordiale all performed well as first wheats, yielding almost 13t/ha (5.3t/acre), 11.8t/ha (4.8t/acre) and 11.5t/ha (4.7t/acre), respectively.

Mr Means attributed the generally good yields to fertile soil, careful fieldwork and precision fertiliser applications – but admitted in places he had got it wrong.

Solstice first wheat on heavier ground did less well, at 10.1t/ha (4t/acre). As a second wheat it ranged from 8.5-10t/ha (3.4-4t/acre), depending on the soil type, but all made milling quality.

“Our average ear counts were considerably down, so we were surprised at the yields,” said Mr Means. “The good grain fill has clearly compensated for it.”

Oakley proved particularly surprising, having been drilled late on heavy soil, producing almost 12t/ha (4.9t/acre). “I can’t understand where it’s come from.”

Averaging more than 3.2ha (8 acres) per hour, Mr Means had finished harvest 10 days earlier than normal, and said most people in the area were finishing up now.

Generally speaking, oilseed rape and winter barley had only produced average yields in the area, while spring barley and wheat had performed well – with the notable exception of some poor second wheats, he added.

Crop: Winter wheat
Variety: Oakley
Yield: <12t/ha (4.9t/acre)

Variety: Gallant
Area: 53ha (130 acres)
Yield: >12t/ha (4.9t/acre)

Variety: Solstice
Area: 49ha (121 acres)
Yield: 8.5-10.1t/ha (3.4-4t/acre)

Variety: Duxford
Area: 10ha (25 acres)
Yield: <13t/ha (5.3t/acre)

Variety: Viscount
Area: 57ha (140 acres)
Yield: 11.8t/ha (4.8t/acre)

Variety: Cordiale
Yield: 11.5t/ha (4.7t/acre)

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Duxford winter wheat is an HGCA Recommended List 2009/10 variety with very high UK treated yields and a maximum 9 rating for resistance to lodging with and without PGR. Combined with the highest second wheat yield and a balanced disease resistance profile, Duxford will continue to help UK growers meet the challenge of producing more grain profitably.

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