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Archive Article: 1995/08/11

11 August 1995

Coastal defences were breached last Friday to allow sea water on to 20ha (49 acres) of Essex farmland for the first time in 150 years. The site, at Tollesbury on the River Blackwater, had been reclaimed from saltmarsh and was last cropped two years ago. It was bought by English Nature, with MAFF funding, in February 1994 for a full-scale experiment in managed sea wall set back. The site will be used to test management methods for effective saltmarsh establishment.

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Archive Article: 1995/08/11

11 August 1995

One of the first vessels of feed wheat this season is loaded at Ipswich grain terminal for shipper merchant Soufflet. The cargo was collected from local farms in Essex and Suffolk, and sent to a feed compounder in Belfast. Generally the wheat market has softened this week due to better than expected yields, harvest pressure and a significant strengthening of sterling. At £108/t ex-farm, farmers are not rushing to sell, unless they lack the storage capacity. With excellent grain quality, Soufflet is optimistic about finding buyers for the UKs export surplus as the season progresses.

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Archive Article: 1995/08/11

11 August 1995

Very hot and dry weather has much reduced the risk of blight, apart from some coastal regions and where crops are still being irrigated. Only two outbreaks were reported last week – near Trawsgoed in Wales and in North Yorkshire. The risk of a major disease outbreak is now small, says Ciba, which is finishing its Blight Search service this week. Even so, spray intervals should not be extended beyond label advice. Wet weather could still result in foliar blight causing tuber infections by lifting time, it warns.

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11 August 1995

THE earliest, easiest harvest for years is tempered by overheating combines, high fire risk, and ultra-dry grain.

Some wheat is 10% moisture or less, but yields are high and samples good.

"We finished wheat last weekend having combined 350 acres in just eight trouble-free days," says Andrew Kerr, of Wyldingtree Farm, North Weald, Essex.

"This is a few days ahead of last year. Yields have been variable. Overall we achieved 65cwt/acre – half a ton down on 1994."

There were fewer grains/ear than normal, possibly linked to drought at flowering. But samples were bold with specific weights 79-81kg/hl and some Hagbergs above 350.

Moisture started at 15%, but in the end was down to 9.9%.

In Suffolk Graham Bull of Lodge Farm, Hitcham, near Stowmarket, expects to finish wheat early next week.

Good average yield

At 12-13% moisture the sample is very good with bold grain. "Yields are a good average at 70plus cwt/acre, but they should improve as we still have a lot of first wheat to do."

Rapidly ripening Scirocco spring beans should soon be ready.

Norfolk barometer grower Robin Baines started wheat on Monday and hopes to finish 175ha (431 acres) of Hereward, Spark and Mercia at Wroxham Hall Farms by the middle of next week.

"Winter barley averaged 2.4-2.5 t/acre which for this light land is the best result for the past five to six years."

Spring barley was cleared last weekend. "Chariot looks to have exceeded 2t/acre, and Cooper did 2.3t/acre. Samples were surprisingly bold – I had expected high screenings."

In Lincs Boston-based Lingrain reports spring barley more than half finished and combines busy in wheat.

Barley screenings of 6% on light land are "disappointing" but yields good, says the co-ops Richard Willows. "Many farmers have seen 3t crops of winter barley for the first time. Nitrogens in malting crops are low at 1.55-1.65."

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11 August 1995

Flax pulling for Surrey-based J & W Attlee under way at Jacks Farm, Hartfield, Sussex. Drought means the crop of Laura is shorter than hoped. After turning and in-field retting, which is being delayed by the current dry spell, it will be baled for processing by French and Belgian factories. The target is to produce top quality fibre for linen.

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11 August 1995

Hitching system takes the strain

This Self-Coupler hitching system, from Snowdonia BIC, is designed to take the strain out of attaching implements to tractors. The system uses the cup and ball principle: Two balls on the tractor arms and one on the top link, and three cups with guiding wings on the implement. As the tractors lower link arms are raised the bottom pair of balls slide into the implements two bottom cups, while the top link and ball are lowered down on to the top cup. Price of the system is £400-£450.

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Archive Article: 1995/08/11

11 August 1995

CORRECTION

GUIDE price for Cwrt-y-Brychan Farm, near Monmouth, is £600,000 and not £300,000 as stated in on this page (Land and Farms) last week.

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