David Hinchliffe is well underway with the oilseed rape harvest at Bank House Farm, Goole, Yorkshire, although heavy rain at the weekend put a halt to progress.

“We started last week on the 18ha of Troy,” he said. “It was disappointing to have reached only 3.5t/ha. But the 20ha of Harper was more pleasing, and yielded a respectable 4.5t/ha.

“We managed to get going again yesterday afternoon (22 July) following the torrential downpours at the weekend, and have moved into a clear field of DK Imagine, which is reading about the same as Harper according the combine scales,” he added.

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Having almost cut a third of the 120ha of oilseed rape, Mr Hinchliffe was hoping to finish OSR by the weekend, ready to move on to the 45ha of winter wheat in about 10 days time.

“We’ve got Grafton, Relay and Vicount to cut this year,” he said.

“We’re hoping for reasonable results, but it’s one of those years that until you get the combine in, it’s difficult to predict yields and the stand out performer of the year.”
 

Crop facts
Crop: Oilseed rape
Variety: Troy
Area: 18ha
Yield: 3.5t/ha
Crop: Oilseed rape
Varieties: Harper and Imagine
Area: 18ha
Yield: 3.5t/ha