Rain has brought combining to a halt at Grange Farm, Rippingale, Lincolnshire, but Ben Atkinson is around 70% through the wheat harvest.
“We’re not panicking because there’s better weather forecast after today (28 August) – three and half to four good days and everything should be in the barn,” he said.
“It’s the village beer festival tomorrow and we had been aiming for that but the weather has been a bit catchy.”
Yields and quality had been good, although Mr Atkinson was less excited about the market prices.
“We’ve cut 907ha of wheat and yields will be 10t/ha or more, which is better than average,” he said.
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“We grew Conqueror, Santiago and Kielder and there’s not much between the yields; although the Conqueror is terrible to combine because it takes a lot of thrashing so the combine drivers hate it.”
Oilseed rape averaged almost 5t/ha. “The ones that really shone were Expower and Extrovert – if I could only grow one variety it would be Extrovert as it did well regardless of when or where it was drilled,” said Mr Atkinson. “Avatar was probably the most disappointing but it was still alright.”
The 400ha of barley – split between winter and spring varieties, also performed well. “Saffron winter barley yielded about average but the springs were above average and had a really nice sample.”
Mr Atkinson still had 388ha of wheat left to cut, followed by 40ha of Fuego spring beans. “They are grown on contract and look really good, which is promising.”