Phil Dowson is making slow progress with ploughing at High House Farm, Richmond, Yorkshire, and still has two thirds of his wheat to cut.
“It’s been a bizarre season, but at least we’re finally enjoying a nice spell of wheat, and are getting the wheat in fairly dry,” he said.
“I was combining at a neighbour’s yesterday (4 September) and it was coming off at 14-15% moisture.
“A few weeks ago we couldn’t do anything because it was so wet – the sun has started shining just in time.”
However, ground conditions were still pretty soggy, said Mr Dowson. “It’s really slow going. Getting crops back in is going to be a drawn-out process.”
Oilseed rape had produced just 45t off 16ha – half the yield produced last year. “It was Excalibur, but I don’t think it was a variety problem – there are plenty of farmers saying similar things.
“This year 3.7t/ha is a good yield, whereas it was 5t/ha last year.”
Wheat harvest got underway on Sunday (2 September), and so far Mr Dowson had cut 17ha of Oakley and Santiago first wheats.
“It seems to be running at 8-8.6t/ha, which is fairly par for the course around here. Second wheats will do worse than that.”
Bushel weights were low, at 65-70kg/hl, he added. “But we sell to a local pig farmer so it isn’t much of a problem.”
Crop: Winter wheat
Varieties: Oakley and Santiago
Crop: Oilseed rape