David Hinchliffe’s harvest has been rained off again this afternoon (9 August) at Bank House Farm, Goole, Yorkshire.
“It’s been one of those ‘catch it where you can’ sort of years, but we are making progress.”
He had finished the oilseed rape, which averaged a disappointing 3.75t/ha (1.5t/acre) for Castille and a more pleasing 4.6-4.7t/ha (1.9t/acre) for a Pioneer hybrid and Flash.
Cordiale second wheat was disappointing on the poorer land, at 8.6t/ha (3.5t/acre), but produced 9.5t/ha (3.8t/acre) on better ground.
Quality was excellent, with some already accepted for milling.
“The difference between the better land and poorer land is really showing this year.”
As a first wheat the Cordiale managed 10.5t/ha (4.3t/acre), and Grafton, grown for seed, was so far yielding exceptionally well at just over 11t/ha (4.5t/acre) at 17.3% moisture.
“That is very encouraging for the season.”
Mr Hinchliffe now had 243ha (600 acres) of Cordiale, Viscount and Grafton wheat to cut. “It all looks fairly reasonable, but it’s going to be an average year.”
Crop: Winter wheat
Yield: 8.6-10.5t/ha (3.5-4.3t/acre)
Yield: 11t/ha (4.5t/acre)
Crop: Oilseed rape
Area: 49ha (120 acres)
Yield: 3.75t/ha (1.5t/acre)
Varieties: Pioneer hybrid and Flash
Area: 32ha (80 acres)
Yield: 4.6-4.7t/ha (1.9t/acre)
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