Wheat is fit and ready to cut at Ed Walker’s Asthall Farm, Burford, Oxon, and all the rape and winter barley is in the barn or already moved.
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“We’re just waiting for it to dry up,” he said. “The straw is beginning to turn a bit black but the grain doesn’t look too bad.”
Although some of the Claire, Cordiale and Sahara had lodged, it generally looked well, and tested at 24% moisture on Monday (11 August).
Mr Walker’s 80ha (200 acres) of Sequel, Retriever and Suzuka winter barley disappointed at just below 7.4t/ha (3t/acre). “It didn’t yield as well as it should have done.”
But the Catana and Excalibur oilseed rape came in about average, at 3.5t/ha (1.4t/acre).
Crop: Winter barley
Varieties: Sequel, Retriever and Suzuka
Area: 80ha (200 acres)
Yield: <7.4t/ha (3t/acre)
Crop: Oilseed rape
Varieties: Catana and Excalibur
Area: 101ha (250 acres)
Yield: 3.5t/ha (1.4t/acre)
Crop: Winter wheat
Varieties: Claire, Cordiale and Sahara
Area: 162ha (400 acres)
Duxford winter wheat is an HGCA Recommended List 2008/09 variety with very high