FW Barometer farmer Tony Reynolds finished his oilseed rape on Wednesday night (30 July), before the rain arrived at Thurlby Grange, Bourne, Lincs.
The 77ha (191 acres) of Bravour and Komando averaged 4.4t/ha (1.8t/acre), coming in at 8-10% moisture. “We think that’s smashing – anything approaching 4t/ha we would consider is good,” he said.
“We’re now waiting for the wheats, which are a hot week away. They turned very quickly in the very hot weather – we seem to have sunburnt heads and green stalks.” The 202ha (500 acres) of Glasgow, Alchemy and Humber looked good, but fusarium in the Ambrosia meant Mr Reynolds would not be growing it again.
After that would come the linseed and Fuego spring beans grown on the no-till system.
Crop: Oilseed rape
Varieties: Bravour and Komando
Area: 77ha (191 acres)
Yield: 4.4t/ha (1.8t/acre)
Duxford winter wheat is an HGCA Recommended List 2008/09 variety with very high