Farmers still had 25-30% of wheat to cut in Nottinghamshire, according to Retford-based Russell Fraser.

“Some of the wheat is starting to sprout in the ear – it’s not going to be long before it’s a write-off.”

However, Tiln Farms Ltd had been very lucky with the weather, and Mr Fraser had not had to dry a tonne of grain so far. “It’s all under 15.5% moisture.”

Yields had been good, with Cordiale averaging 8.3t/ha (3.4t/acre), although low protein consigned it to the feed bin. Humber disappointed at 7.25t/ha (2.9t/acre).

Winter barley was excellent, at 6.5t/ha (2.6t/acre) – 1.5t/ha (0.6t/acre) above average, said Mr Fraser.

That left 50ha (125/acres) of winter wheat and 30ha (74 acres) of spring rape to finish off once it stopped raining.

Crop: Winter wheat
Variety: Humber
Area: 37ha (92 acres)
Yield: 7.25t/ha (2.9t/acre)

Variety: Cordiale
Area: 100ha (250 acres)
Yield: 8.3t/ha (3.4t/acre)

Crop: Winter barley
Variety: Cassata
Area: 40ha (100 acres)
Yield: 6.5t/ha (2.6t/acre)

Variety: Retriever
Area: 55ha (135 acres)
Yield: >6.5t/ha (2.6t/acre)


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