Harvest is progressing smoothly at Duncan Whiteman’s Arlescott Farm, Telford, Shropshire.

“We’re up to date with everything so far. But last week was absolute chaos – we were making hay, and cutting rape and winter barley.”

The 38ha (95 acres) of Camion winter barley averaged 6.2t/ha (2.5t/acre), coming in at 15% moisture. “With the weather we’ve had, we’re reasonably happy – but at these prices we’re not making any money.”

Castille oilseed rape, where it established over the wet autumn, yielded quite well, at 3.7t/ha (1.5t/acre), he added.

Mr Whiteman hoped to make a start on his 18ha (45 acres) of Mascani winter oats today (14 August). “They’re looking quite nice, and are 15% moisture.”

The winter wheat was not quite ready, at 26% moisture, but he would try it over the weekend, he said. “It’s looking fine, although the Solstice is still green.”

He had 121ha (300 acres) of Solstice, Alchemy and Ambrosia to cut, but would sow oilseed rape over the weekend if it wasn’t ripe.

Not many people had started wheat in the area, and harvest was only about one-third through, he added.

Crop: Winter barley
Variety: Camion
Area: 38ha (95 acres)
Yield: 6.2t/ha (2.5t/acre)

Crop: Oilseed rape
Variety: Castille
Area: 26 ha (65 acres)
Yield: 3.7t/ha (1.5t/acre)

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