Roger Moore finished harvest on Sunday (August 26) at Manor Farm, Stapleford, Wiltshire – slightly ahead of a normal year.
The Splendor oilseed rape yielded just under 3.7t/ha (1.5t/acre) and sold at a £45/t premium as cooking oil for McDonalds.
Maris Otter winter barley also made a premium, coming in with malting quality at 5.6-6.2t/ha (2.25-2.5t/acre).
But the Cooper peas were disappointing at less than 4.9t/ha (2t/acre). “I think it’s probably time to move onto a newer, higher yielding variety.”
Although the 162ha (400 acres) of Optic spring barley brackled and lost a lot of heads, it yielded just under 7.4t/ha (3t/acre) and sold to a malting home. The 49ha (120 acres) of Westminster made just over 7.4t/ha (3t/acre).
“We’re now ploughing ready to plant our winter rape,” said Mr Moore. “We’ve been offered £210/t for harvest movement so we’ll sell a part of it now.”
Crop: Oilseed rape
Yield: 3.7t/ha (1.5t/acre)
Crop: Winter barley
Variety: Maris Otter
Yield: 5.6-6.2t/ha (2.25-2.5t/acre)
Crop: Winter wheat
Varieties: Alchemy and Solstice
Yield: 8.6-9.9t/ha (3.5-4t/acre)
Crop: Spring barley
Varieties: Optic and Westminster
Yield: 7.4t/ha (3t/acre)
Yield: < 4.9t/ha (2t/acre)
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