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Rained off in Yorkshire

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
Variety: Cordiale
Yield: 8.6-10.5t/ha (3.5-4.3t/acre)

Variety: Grafton
Yield: 11t/ha (4.5t/acre)

Crop: Oilseed rape
Variety: Castille
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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Rained off in Yorkshire

Andrew Middlewood had been stopped from cutting spring barley by the rain in Malton, Yorkshire. He had been cutting all weekend until last night.

He was half way through 24ha Cocktail which was on a malting contract. The crop had died off in the recent heat on his light land, so yields were not high.

“Yields are nothing fantastic. It is probably better than we thought but they are still not very good.”

Wheat harvest was due to be a week to 10 days ahead of last year. Mr Middlewood said the wheat was slightly weathered from rain two weekends ago, but was looking better than he had originally thought.

He added: “The wheat is ready now so we’ll just keep going after the spring barley is finished, as long as the weather is dry. We’re hoping spring barley will be done in the next day or two.”

Rained off in Yorkshire

Caley Sackur said harvest was not going very well at Lodge Farm in the Yorkshire Wolds, having been rained off after one day of cutting winter barley. Eighty hectares of Pearl was “just ready” and was a day or two earlier than normal. “I hope at a guess it is doing 8.4t/ha, which would be as good as last year.”

He hoped quality levels were good enough to meet the malting contract specification.

Mr Sackur was swathing oilseed rape and was hopeful it would be a good crop. Excalibur in particular was very clean of disease, but he said both Royal and Excalibur were looking potentially good.

He added: “The wheat looks promising because we had good rain a month ago. Potentially things should go well here on the Yorkshire Wolds.”

• Crop: Winter barley
• Variety: Pearl
• Area: 80ha in total
• Yield: 8.4t/ha

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