11 September 2001
Beans a disappointment

BEANS are a disappointment for Southwest Barometer grower George Horsford, near Blandford in Dorset.

Victor beans have yielded 3t/ha (1.25t/acre), which is below the expected yield. “Last year was the first year we grew them and they yielded just under 2t/acre.

“They did not get enough rain at the right time. Also the sample does not look that nice in the hand either.”

Senator spring oilseed rape has yielded below average. “The first field averaged 1t/acre and the second one did about 22cwt. Last year we got a record 26cwt.

“Im disappointed with this, but the dry and sunny weather had enabled the wheat and barley to recover, it was just wrong for this crop.”

Conditions this week has been good. They tried to combine the oilseed rape last week before it was ripe, but now it is ready.

“The seeds are almost falling out of the pods and the moisture is down to 9%.”

He is relieved to have almost finished harvest and many of the crops have been very pleasing. He says the finish will be a week later than usual.

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