The first 80ha (200 acres) of Hereward winter wheat cut at Barclay Farms, Chiselhampton in Oxfordshire had been very pleasing, farm manager Mike Wheeler told FWi Harvest Highlights on Monday.

“It has been as good as any we’ve seen in five years.”

Yields had averaged 8.25t/ha (3.3t/acre), although quality hadn’t yet been tested, he said. “It looks like it is a good sample.”

Oilseed rape harvest on the farm was all finished, with yields around average for the farm, which was satisfying given the year most growers were having, he said. “It has been a normal rape harvest – we’re averaging 26cwt/acre (3.25t/ha). Normally we’re in the 25-30cwt/acre (3.1-3.75t/ha) bracket so it has been a normal rape harvest for us.”

The 230ha (568 acres) of oilseed rape – the vast majority of which was Autocast – is split mainly between Recital and Escort.

Next year Castille will replace Escort, after a small area grown for seed multiplication yielded 3.75t/ha (30cwt/acre).

Mr Wheeler is hopeful for his remaining wheat area on the 800ha (2000 acre) unit. “It is looking good – we had two inches of rain in mid-June that saved our bacon, I think.”

But he is less positive about the winter beans. “They have just died off in the heat. I don’t think they will be anything special.”

Crop: Winter wheat
Variety: Hereward
Area: 80ha (200 acres)
Yield: 8.25t/ha
Quality: n/a

Crop: Oilseed rape
Varieties: Escort / Recital / Castille
Area: 230ha (568 acres)
Yield: Escort & Recital 3.25t/ha / Castille 3.75t/ha
Quality: n/a