David Brightman has finished cutting wheat at Gaydon Hill Farm, Gaydon, Warwick, and is waiting for his beans to ripen.

“They don’t look too bad – we might get them at the weekend if the weather’s good.”

Wheat yields were better than expected, but it was certainly not a record year, said Mr Brightman.

Hereward as a first wheat yielded about 8.7t/ha (3.5t/acre), while Einstein as a second wheat averaged less than 7.4t/ha (3t/acre).

Solstice, planted in dreadful conditions after beans, was very patchy, and did about 6.2t/ha (2.5t/acre).

The Astrid oilseed rape did better than expected, at 3.7t.ha (1.5t/acre), barring about 4ha (10 acres) by the river which lay flooded all winter, he added.

Most people had finished cutting wheat in the area, although there were still some oats, spring barley, spring rape and linseed to get in.

Crop: Winter wheat
Variety: Hereward
Yield: 8.7t/ha (3.5t/acre)

Variety: Einstein
Yield: <7.4t/ha (3t/acre)

Variety: Solstice
Yield: 6.2t/ha (2.5t/acre)

Crop: Oilseed rape
Variety: Astrid
Yield: 6.2t/ha (2.5t/acre)

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