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Below average yields

7 September 2001
Below average yields

YIELDS have been below average for Michael Manners, who farms at Staindrop near Darlington. He had difficulty drilling last autumn and therefore only has spring wheat. He has 80ha (200 acres) of Quattro spring beans left.

Chablis and Abbott has yielded about 7.5t/ha (3t/acre). "We grew some spring wheat two years ago which yielded closer to 4t/acre so we have not got over-excited by this yield."

Quality is good. "The Chablis had very high Hagbergs, up to 410, but the protein was lower at 12-12.5% and the bushel weight was 75Kg/hl." The Chablis was a seed crop.

So far spring beans have yielded 5t/ha (2t/acre), which is slightly below average. The beans will be finished in three days weather permitting.


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Below average yields

6 September 2001
Below average yields

DOUGLAS NIVEN, farming at Duns on the Scottish Borders, has had a good run in harvest due to good conditions in the last two weeks. He has finished spring barley and is halfway through wheat. "We’ve had a really good spell of weather."

Wheat yields have been variable, but better than expected. The average yield is 8.5-9t/ha (3.4-3.6t/acre). "The yields will be 0.5t/acre down on normal. This reflects the poor conditions they were drilled into at the back end of last year. We’ve got more set-a-side this year."

The varieties are Consort and Claire, with a little bit of Riband. Some of the crop will be biscuit wheat and some will be feed. Protein is about 10% and the Hagberg is between 230-250. "How much is going to be milling quality depends on the general quality of the Scottish crop.

Optic spring barley has not yielded as well, but quality is better, "it is about 0.5t/acre down on last year. But we’ve combined it below 20% and the nitrogen is between1.5-1.6%."


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Below average yields

30 August 2001
Below average yields

SINCE moving into winter wheat on Monday, yields are still below average across harvest for Colin McGregor, who farms at Coldstream on the English border.

Chariot and Optic spring barley have both yielded below average, between 5.2-6.7t/ha (2.1-2.7t/acre), which is below the normal 6.2-7.5t/ha (2.5-3t/acre). “It was drilled three weeks late and then had a relatively dry summer.”

Claire has yielded 8.6t/ha (3.5t/acre). This is below average. He grows Claire and Consort for biscuit wheat.

“The yields are not too bad considering the conditions they were drilled into, but its still a disappointment when everything is below average.”


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Below average yields

29 August 2001
‘Below average yields’

MIKE MORRIS, who farms at Carisbrooke near Newport on the Isle of Wight, has had below average yields for wheat and peas.

Hereward winter wheat has yielded 6.4t/ha (2.6t/acre), which is below the 8.6t/ha (3.5t/acre) average. But quality was good. The protein was 13.9%, Hagberg 290 and specific weight 77Kg/hl.

“There were bad bits in the field that knocked the average back. Because of the wet winter many bits of winter wheat were not planted.”

Peas have yielded 2.5-3t/ha (1-1.25t/acre). “Last year we averaged 5t/ha (2t/acre).”

They still have some spring barley and spring wheat to combine, which is not yet fit.


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