Robert Tallis finished cutting oilseed rape at Frolesworth Lodge, Lutterworth, Leicestershire, yesterday (9 August), and is very pleased with yields.
“It seems to have been excellent; probably the best yields we’ve ever had.”
Although the combine’s yield meter wasn’t very precise, he reckoned the crop had averaged about 4.9t/ha (2t/acre).
Having been rained off at the weekend, Mr Tallis was now back into the wheat, which was only just ripe.
“There are a lot of secondary tillers which are still very green.”
The Gallant had yielded about 9.3t/ha (3.75t/acre) at 13% protein, over 300 Hagberg and 82kg/hl.
“It’s not a fantastic yield; we’d like to do a bit better than that – but it’s not disastrous either.”
He was now starting on Solstice, but it was too early to guess at yields, he said.
“Everyone in the area seems to be getting into wheat now, but it is only just fit.”
Crop: Winter wheat
Area: 24ha (60 acres)
Yield: 9.3t/ha (3.75t/acre)
Crop: Oilseed rape
Area: 16ha (40 acres)
Yield: 4.9t/ha (2t/acre)