John Beslee finished combining winter wheat at Hook Green Farm, Southfleet, Kent, yesterday (20 August), leaving just winter beans to cut.

Solstice wheat, drilled in September, yielded 8t/ha (3.25t/acre), while the October-drilled Cordiale performed better.

It averaged 9.3-9.9t/ha (3.75-4t/acre). Both produced good milling quality, said Mr Beslee.

He had also cut 73ha (180 acres) of Tipple spring barley, which proved extremely variable.

Yields ranged from 6.2t/ha (2.5t/acre) to 9.9t/ha (4t/acre), averaging over 7.4t/ha (3t/acre), which was very pleasing, he said.

That left 28ha (70 acres) of beans to finish up, which were not yet fit.

Crop: Winter wheat
Variety: Solstice
Area: 80ha (200 acres)
Yield: 8t/ha (3.25t/acre)

Variety: Cordiale
Area: 65ha (160 acres)
Yield: 9.3-9.9t/ha (3.75-4t/acre)

Crop: Spring barley
Variety: Tipple
Area: 73ha (180 acres)
Yield: >7.4t/ha (3t/acre)

Crop: Oilseed rape
Variety: Splendor
Area: 32ha (80 acres)
Yield: 3.7t/ha (1.5t/acre)

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