21 August 2001
Good quality, variable yield for wheat

ANDREW SYMONDS, farming with his brother Tony near Stourport-on-Severn, says, “Yields are variable, but the quality is surprisingly good.”

Rialto yielded 6.2t/ha (2.5t/acre). “This was below average but it was drilled in January, and considering the rain and growing conditions Im quite happy.”

The quality was good. It had 14% protein and 80Kg/hl specific weight. The Hagberg analysis is not available yet, but he says it will be OK. “We have not had too much rain so the Hagbergs should stay up.”

September drilled Malacca has yielded above average at 9.1t/ha (3.7t/acre). “This is a pretty good yield.” The protein is a bit low at 12%, but specific weight is 77Kg/hl and Hagberg is over 300.

They will start again tomorrow, after rain at the weekend. There is still 28ha (70 acres) of Malacca to combine before moving back into spring barley.


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