John Jefferies hopes to finish harvest at Fullers’ Hill Farm, Little Gransden, Cambridgeshire, tomorrow (18 August).

Harvest progress ranged from 20% to 80% in the local area, with an average of about 60% complete, he said.

Yields at Fullers’ Hill Farm had been below average due to the dry spring. “The tillers died off in May – we’ve lost up to 2t/ha (0.8t/acre) at a guess.”

The Solstice milling wheat had yielded 9t/ha (3.6t/acre), at over 13% protein and 350-400 Hagberg. “I’m really pleased with that.”

Cassius winter wheat grown for seed averaged 10t/ha (4t/acre), and the remaining 80ha (200 acres) of Duxford looked good, said Mr Jefferies.

Most of the crops had gone into Camgrain at relatively high moisture contents, but now he was having to wait for the wheat to dry to store at home.

“It takes so long for the dew to dry out, but I hope to finish tomorrow.”

Quench spring barley had been disappointing, yielding just 5t/ha (2t/acre) due to the dry spring. “It was barely knee-high.” However, it all made malting at 1.65% nitrogen.

Oilseed rape had been reasonable, with Astrid yielding 4.2t/ha (1.7t/acre) and Cabernet producing 4.7t/ha (1.9t/acre) at 47% oil content.

“It looked a smashing crop throughout the year, and I’m going for 100% Cabernet next year.”

But the highlights of harvest had been the new New Holland combine, which had cut 54ha (133 acres) in one day, and the fact that Mr Jefferies’ nephew had loaded 1000t of grain through the barn without hitting the barn once, he joked.

Crop: Winter wheat
Variety: Solstice
Area: 113ha (280 acres)
Yield: 9t/ha (3.6t/acre)

Variety: Cassius
Area: 10ha (25 acres)
Yield: 10t/ha (4t/acre)

Crop: Spring barley
Variety: Quench
Area: 21ha (52 acres)
Yield: 5t/ha (2t/acre)

Crop: Oilseed rape
Variety: Astrid
Area: 100ha (250 acres)
Yield: 4.2t/ha (1.7t/acre)

Variety: Cabernet
Area: 20ha (50 acres)
Yield: 4.7t/ha (1.9t/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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