Harvest has been rained off today (4 August) at Sandy Walker’s Ercall Park Farm, Telford, Shropshire.


“We had 10mm of rain last night – it will do us all some good, but it’s a bit frustrating,” he said.

So far he had cut a couple of fields of oilseed rape, which was yielding above average at 4.5t/ha (1.8t/acre) over the combine. “We’re quite happy with that.”

Saffron and Carat winter barley had been less pleasing, with yields some 1.2t/ha (0.5t/acre) below average.

“The barley was nothing spectacular, but the samples were good.”

Winter wheat was still nearly a week away from ripening, depending on the weather, he added.


Crop: Oilseed rape
Yield: 4.5t/ha (1.8t/acre)
Above average


Crop: Winter barley
Varieties: Carat and Saffron
Yield: Below average



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