Heavy rain prevented Richard Burt from making a start on his wheat at Rotherdale Farm, Throckmorton, Worcs, yesterday (14 August).
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After a dry morning Mr Burt tested the wheat at 21% moisture and had hoped to get on combining in the afternoon. “Then we had 0.5” of rain.”
He had measured over 5” of rain over the past fortnight. “We have cut 50ha (123 acres) of Gerald oats at 7.5t/ha (3t/acre) and the combine is now stood in 6” of water waiting to finish them.”
Mr Burt finished his 165ha (408 acres) of Spectrum winter barley three weeks ago, which averaged 8.5-9t/ha 3.4-3.6t/acre). “It was a pleasure to combine but since then it’s gone downhill.”
He had 10ha (25 acres) of Castille oilseed rape to finish out of the 182ha (450 acres) grown, which was starting to shed. “It was all over the place, ranging from 1.2-3.7t/ha (0.5-1.5t/acre). It was very disappointing.”
Very little wheat had been cut in the area, and Mr Burt had 1400ha (3458 acres) of Solstice and Alchemy to combine.
“We’ve got fields and fields of wheat all stood up beautifully and we can’t get into them.”
Crop: Winter barley
Area: 165ha (408 acres)
Yield: 8.5-9t/ha (3.4-3.6t/acre)
Crop: Oilseed rape
Area: 172ha (425 acres)
Yield: 1.2-3.7t/ha (0.5-1.5t/acre)
Crop: Winter wheat
Varieties: Alchemy and Solstice
Area: 1400ha (3458 acres)
Duxford winter wheat is an HGCA Recommended List 2008/09 variety with very high