Richard Cobbald, one of FW’s Farmer Focus contributors, expects to start combining his oilseed rape at West Wratting Park Estate, Cambs, on Wednesday (23 July).

“It seems to be very slow to ripen,” he said. None of the 283ha (700 acres) of Castille, ES Astrid and NK Bravour seemed to be ripening any quicker than the rest, with green patches throughout some of the crops, he added.

The 105ha (260 acres) of NFC Tipple spring barley and the Oakley, Gladiator and Hereward winter wheat were all still a long way off. “It’s looking pretty good though – I am quietly optimistic.”

Crop: Oilseed rape
Area: 283ha (700 acres)
Varieties: Castille, Astrid and Bravour

Crop: Spring barley
Area: 105ha (260 acres)
Variety: Tipple

Crop: Winter wheat
Varieties: Oakley, Gladiator and Hereward.



Duxford winter wheat is an HGCA Recommended List 2008/09 variety with very high UK treated yields and the top score for resistance to lodging with PGR. Combined with an unbeaten second wheat yield and a balanced disease resistance profile, this new variety from Syngenta Seeds will help UK growers rise to the challenge of producing more grain profitably.


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