Robert Law has finished his winter barley and rape at Thrift Farm, Royston, Herts, and is now onto the winter oats.
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So far he had cut 53ha (130 acres) of Gerald oats at just over 14% moisture, and was averaging 7-8t/ha (2.8-3.2t/acre). Mascani winter oats at his Nottinghamshire farm were looking promising at 55kg/hl and 7-7.5t/ha (2.8-3t/acre).
Saffron winter barley produced a pleasing 7.4t/ha (3t/acre) on sandy land, with Carat yielding an average of 8.3t/ha (3.4t/acre).
“The barley yields were exceptional,” said Mr Law. “But rape was disappointing, regardless of variety, field, and cropping history.”
The 89ha (220 acres) of Astrid and Castille averaged 2.5t/ha (1t/acre).
After the oats Mr Law had spring barley, peas and rye to cut before the winter wheat, which was just about ripe.
Crop: Winter barley
Area: 49ha (120 acres)
Yield: 7.4t/ha (3t/acre)
Area: 100ha (250 acres)
Yield: 8.3t/ha (3.4t/acre)
Crop: Winter oats
Yield: 7-7.5t/ha (2.8-3t/acre)
Area: 53ha (130 acres)
Yield: 7-8t/ha (2.8-3.2t/acre)
Crop: Oilseed rape
Varieties: Astrid and Castille
Area: 89ha (220 acres)
Yield: 2.5t/ha (1t/acre)
Duxford winter wheat is an HGCA Recommended List 2008/09 variety with very high
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