The forecast rain has failed to materialise at Chris Hewis’s farm at Habrough, Lincs, enabling him to continue combining his Flagon winter barley.

“It’s yielding very well, at above 8.6t/ha (3.5t/acre), which is 30% up on last year,” he said. The 20ha (50 acres) cut so far was coming off at 13.5% moisture, leaving 28ha (70 acres) more to combine.

Mr Hewis had also harvested 21ha (52 acres) of Excalibur oilseed rape, which was disappointing as expected, due to a late frost during flowering, and infection with Sclerotinia. It had yielded 3.2t/ha (1.3t/acre), but the remaining 22ha (55 acres) looked a lot better, he added.

After that would come 18ha (45 acres) of late-drilled Tipple spring barley and 51ha (125 acres) of Cocktail, both of which looked well. The 81ha (200 acres) of Gladiator and Einstein wheat looked fantastic, but would be a good fortnight away, said Mr Hewis.

Crop: Winter barley
Variety: Flagon
Area: 20ha (50 acres)
Yield: 8.6t/ha (3.5t/acre)

Crop: Oilseed rape
Variety: Excalibur
Area: 21ha (52 acres)
Yield: 3.2t/ha (1.3t/acre)

Crop: Spring barley
Variety: Tipple
Area: 18ha (45 acres)

Crop: Spring barley
Variety: Cocktail
Area: 51ha (125 acres)

Crop: Winter wheat
Varieties: Gladiator and Einstein
Area: 81ha (200 acres)

 

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