27 July 2001
Good performance from oilseed rape

ON a light, sandy loam, Hampshire farmer Tom Coleman has higher than average yields on 30ha (80 acres) of Escort oilseed rape.

“Its just about the best weve ever had.” The five year average is 3.6t/ha (1.45t/acre), but this year it achieved between 4.0-4.2t/ha (1.6-1.7t/acre).

The moisture was 12%, so will have to be dried.

16ha (40 acres) of Fanfare malting barley yielded 7.4-8.6t/ha (3-3.5t/acre). “In the last three years we have achieved 3t/acre.”

The nitrogen range is 1.4-1.7% and the moisture is between 14-16%.

Having struggled to drill the winter crops last autumn, he is happy with the yield and quality so far.

The spring barley was drilled up to 5 weeks late. He may move onto winter wheat before.

“The winter wheat looks promising. We had had five or six weeks with no rain, until the thunderstorms two weeks ago. They look to have held on well.”


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