Showers were preventing Robert Shove from combining wheat today (14 August) at Lillechurch Farm, Lower Higham, Kent.


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He had cut 30ha (74 acres) of Solstice winter wheat so far, at about 17% moisture. “It’s doing in excess of 10t/ha (4t/acre).”

The Excel, Catana, Astrid and Castille oilseed rape suffered from Verticillium Wilt, and yielded just 2.6t/ha (1t/acre), said Mr Shove. “It was abysmal. We’re changing the rotation for next year.”

He now had 100ha (250 acres) more Solstice to cut, as well as Humber, Claire, and Cordiale.

Crop: Winter wheat
Variety: Solstice
Area: 30ha (74 acres)
Yield: >10t/ha (4t/acre)

Crop: Oilseed rape
Varieties: Excel, Catana, Astrid and Castille
Area: 283ha (700 acres)
Yield: 2.6t/ha (1t/acre)



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