Adrian Howell of Proctor,
After 13 days of good combining conditions Mr Howell said: “It’s been the driest harvest for many years and we’ve missed the worst of the weather.”
Against his 9.5 t/ha five-year average he hoped to achieve 8.5 t/ha which although disappointing were quite bearable especially given recent higher prices, which were encouraging, he said.
They had been “disastrous.”
He believed widespread root rotting on recently saturated silt-based land could be to blame for locally lower yields.
He ended saying: “ But We’re happy with progress”, he said, “we’re further forward now than for many years. In terms of yields were behind but we’re encouraged with prices”.
· Crop: Winter wheat
o Area: 700ha (1750 acres)
· Crop: Oilseed rape
o Area: 160ha (400 acres)
o Varieties: Astrid, Castille and Lioness oilseed
o Yield: 4 t/ha (1.6t/acre, 32cwt/acre).
o Moisture: 6.5-9%
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