Meurig Raymond hoped to finish his oilseed rape before the rain arrived in Pembrokeshire, Wales, although yields have proven disappointing.

“The crops looked superb all the way through and we were hoping to achieve 5t/ha (2t/acre),” he said. Instead, the 120ha (300 acres) of Grace, Bravo, Excel and Excalibur averaged 3.7-4.5t/ha (1.5-1.8t/acre).

Winter barley was yielding 5% above average, with the 60ha (150 acres) of Flagon and Suzuka coming in at 8t/ha (3.3t/acre). The Flagon was a good malting sample, too, at 1.6% nitrogen and 66kg/hl.

That left 53ha (130 acres) of Carat and Retriever to cut, followed by 243ha (600 acres) of Westminster spring barley, 200ha (500 acres) of winter wheat and 16ha (40 acres) of beans.

Crop: Winter barley
Varieties: Flagon and Suzuka
Area: 60ha (150 acres)
Yield: 8t/ha (3.3t/acre)

Crop: Oilseed rape
Varieties: Grace, Bravo, Excel and Excalibur
Area: 120ha (300 acres)
Yield: 3.7-4.5t/ha (1.5-1.8t/acre)



Duxford winter wheat is an HGCA Recommended List 2008/09 variety with very high UK treated yields and the top score for resistance to lodging with PGR. Combined with an unbeaten second wheat yield and a balanced disease resistance profile, this new variety from Syngenta Seeds will help UK growers rise to the challenge of producing more grain profitably.


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