Wheat was starting to rot in the ear at David Price’s farm at Presteigne, Powys, and he was only half way through the combining.

“It is a disaster – I’m fed up to the back teeth,” he said. “It is starting to sprout – another week and it will not be worth combining.”

The 29ha (72 acres) cut so far had yielded well at 8.9-10t/ha (3.6-4t/acre), and the oats had also been pleasing at 8t/ha (3.25t/acre).

Mr Price managed to cut a few acres of wheat yesterday (8 September) at about 30% moisture. “We could just about travel, and we baled behind the combine – the straw was surprisingly good,” he said.

But a poor forecast meant further combining would still have to be snatched between the showers. “It is just a total kick in the teeth.”

Crop: Winter wheat
Varieties: Alchemy, Istabraq and Oakley
Area: 29ha (72 acres)
Yield: 8.9-10t/ha (3.6-4t/acre)

Crop: Winter oats
Variety: Gerald
Area: 28ha (70 acres)
Yield: 8t/ha (3.25t/acre)

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


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