Andrew Cragg has dodged the showers to start combining winter wheat at Brooker Farm, Romney Marsh, Kent, today (4 August).


So far the Cordiale was yielding well at around 11t/ha (4.5t/acre) as a second wheat – much on a par with last year.

Oilseed rape performed well for the second year running, with Cabernet topping the list at about 5t/ha (2t/acre).

Although that was slightly below the 5.2t/ha (2.1t/acre) achieved last year, it was well ahead of the farm average, which had stuck at 3.7t/ha (1.5t/acre) for many years before.

Vision also did well, at 4.42t/ha (1.8t/acre) after cleaning, with Castille at 4t/ha (1.6t/acre).

“We have had two good growing years for these varieties – I’m not convinced it’s all down to genetic improvement.”

Mr Cragg now had some peas left to cut, as well as 350ha (865 acres) of Cordiale and Viscount wheat, all of which looked well.


Crop: Winter wheat
Variety: Cordiale
Yield: 11t/ha (4.5t/acre)


Crop: Oilseed rape
Variety: Cabernet
Area: 21ha
Yield: 5t/ha (2t/acre)


Variety: Vision
Area: 11.5ha (28 acres)
Yield: 4.42t.ha (1.8t/acre)


Variety: Castille
Area: 50ha (123 acres)
Yield: 4tha (1.6t/acre)



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