Jonathan Lloyd was rained off again at Thelveton Farms, Diss, Norfolk, today (30 July), having finished the winter barley and the best of the oilseed rape.

The 80ha (200 acres) of Maris Otter had averaged 5.3t/ha (2.2t/acre), with nitrogen at 1.5%.

And the 109ha (269 acres) of oilseed rape cut so far had yielded a pleasing 4.4t/ha (1.8t/acre).

“But we’ve done the best of the rape – the worst of the pigeon damaged crops are still to come. We’ve also got some that’s had some hail damage.”

With 71ha (175 acres) of rapeseed still to cut, Mr Lloyd was frustrated at being rained off again, and reckoned harvest progress stood at about 22% in the area.

However, the sugar beet was thriving in the current conditions, he added.

Next to cut after the rape would be 60ha (148 acres) of triticale, which was now ready, and 144ha (355 acres) of Solstice winter wheat, which was about a week away.

Crop: Winter barley
Variety: Maris Otter
Area: 80ha (200 acres)
Yield: 5.3t/ha (2.2t/acre)

Crop: Oilseed rape
Area: 109ha (269 acre)
Yield: 4.4t/ha (1.8t/acre)

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