Harvest was about 80% complete at Tim Sykes’ Denmeade Farm, Waterlooville, Hants, and quality was holding up well.

“The quality has been fantastic so far – it’s surprising how there’s been no sprouting – it’s certainly holding on in there,” he said.

The Alchemy and Claire was averaging 10t/ha (4t/acre), and the remaining 70ha (175 acres) of Claire and Humber looked well.

Cocktail spring barley yielded above average at 6.9t/ha (2.8t/acre) and went for malting, and the oilseed rape averaged 4t/ha (1.65t/acre).

Mr Sykes had drilled 75% of his rape for next year, and just had the wheat and 18ha (45 acres) of linseed to finish combining.

Crop: Winter wheat
Varieties: Alchemy and Claire
Yield: 10t/ha (4t/acre)

Crop: Spring barley
Variety: Cocktail
Yield: 6.9t/ha (2.8t/acre)

Crop: Oilseed rape
Varieties: Komando, Expert and Astrid
Area: 123ha (305 acres)
Yield: 4t/ha (1.65t/acre)


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