Two Claas combines cleaned up 40ha (100 acres) of Flagon winter barley at Stephen Moore’s Manor Farm, Stapleford, Wilts on Tuesday and Wednesday this week (14/15 July).
Combine sharing with his neighbour, Mr Moore averaged 8.6t/ha (3.5t/acre) on half the land, and 8t/ha (3.5t/acre) on the rest. “We’re really pleased – it’s a good start and the quality is good,” he said. Coming in at full specification, he sold the Flagon for £170/t.
The 202ha (500 acres) of oilseed rape was about 10 days away (28 July), and would be followed by the Alchemy, Sahara and Viscount winter wheat. “The wheats in this area are full of disease,” said Mr Moore. “The Viscount is for seed and that looks quite pleasing.”
Crop: Winter barley
Area: 40ha (100 acres)
Yield: 8.3t/ha (3.4t/acre)
Crop: Oilseed rape
Area: 202ha (500 acres)
Crop: Winter wheat
Varieties: Alchemy, Sahara and Viscount
Duxford winter wheat is an HGCA Recommended List 2008/09 variety with very high