Peter Fairs is 60% of the way through his wheat at Great Tey, Colchester, Essex, and quality is starting to suffer from the rain.

“We haven’t harvested anything under 18% moisture,” he said. “We have had measurable rain on 17 of the first 20 days of August – I don’t think I can ever remember having that.”

Mr Fairs’ second wheats were disappointing, at about 7.4t/ha (3t/acre), while the first wheats have been better at near to 9.9t/ha (4t/acre).

Hearty industrial oilseed rape was also disappointing, at just 2.5t/ha (1t/acre).

Mr Fairs now had 372ha (920 acres) of wheat  as well as peas and borage to get in. “I suspect the wheat is losing Hagberg now – the Glasgow was starting to sprout when we cut it.”

Crop: Winter wheat
Varieties: Glasgow, Humber, Solstice and Robigus
Area: 559ha (1380 acres)
Yield: 7.4-9.9t/ha (3-4t/acre)

Crop: Oilseed rape
Variety: Hearty
Area: 162ha (400 acres)
Yield: 2.5t/ha (1t/acre)

 

See our rapidly growing Harvest Highlights gallery of pictures sent in by users.

Sign up to our Save our Sprays petition.

 Syngenta

Duxford winter wheat is an HGCA Recommended List 2008/09 variety with very high UK treated yields and the top score for resistance to lodging with PGR. Combined with an unbeaten second wheat yield and a balanced disease resistance profile, this new variety from Syngenta Seeds will help UK growers rise to the challenge of producing more grain profitably.

 

See the New Farm Crops website.