Winter linseed produced some pleasing results at AJ Baker & Sons’ Walnut Tree Farm, Rochester, Kent, yielding just over 2.5t/ha (1t/acre).

“We like the fact that it’s early, and it combines so much better than spring linseed,” said Richard Baker. Having grown 32ha (79 acres) of WintaLin this year he had already booked another 40ha (100 acres) for this autumn.

Mr Baker had also been cutting Ragtime pigeon peas in between the showers, which were yielding 3.7t/ha (1.5t/acre). “I’m a bit disappointed in them – I had hoped for 4.3-4.9t/ha (1.75-2t/acre).”

However, the Solstice second wheat was more pleasing, yielding 8.6t/ha (3.5t/acre) off the first 10ha (24 acres). “It looks promising,” he said.

Crop: Winter linseed
Area: 32ha (79 acres)
Variety: WintaLin
Yield: 2.5t/ha (1t/acre)

Crop: Peas
Area: 40ha (100 acres)
Variety: Ragtime
Yield: 3.7t/ha (1.5t/acre)

Crop: Winter wheat
Area: 10ha (24 acres)
Variety: Solstice
Yield: 8.6t/ha (3.5t/acre)



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.


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