Yield variability has been a key feature of harvest so far – perhaps not surprising given the tricky weather throughout the season. In official trials at least (see table below), Robigus, Istabraq, Gatsby and Sahara have yielded well overall, but here’s a sample of what growers told FWi’s Harvest Highlights:
Wheat yields were about 10% down at Wheatcroft Farm and the combine had hardly moved for a week, Will Hemus said on Tuesday (21 August). “We cut the last 8ha of Malacca at 24% moisture on Friday. We thought that if it had any more rain on it the Hagbergs would be destroyed.” About 40ha of Einstein first and second wheats averaged 7.5t/ha, with Alchemy disappointing at 8.6t/ha.
Tom Hipwell managed to get 1.5 days into the 202ha of Robigus before rain stopped play. Crops averaged about 9.4t/ha. “The straw was extremely green which slowed us down but the grain itself was ripe enough.”
Anthony Morbey was disappointed with 200ha of Robigus and Solstice, which yielded 7.5t/ha at 15% moisture. “We’re a little later with progress this year, but it’s weather-related.”
Keith Snowball managed to cut just 35ha of Solstice winter wheat by Monday. Yields varied from 6.9t/ha to 8.2t/ha on the lighter land.”
For more farmer thoughts on variety performance visit www.fwi.co.uk/harvest2007 where you’ll find all our detailed Harvest Highlights reports.