8 August 2001
Good start on Claire

ANDREW SYMONDS, who farms with his brother at Lincomb near Stourport-on-Severn in Worcestershire, has started combining Claire winter wheat.

He has combined 8ha (20 acres) so far. “One 3.2ha (8 acre) field drilled in early September yielded 9.6t/ha (3.9t/ha), which is above average. It had always looked good.”

The rest yielded 8-8.5t/ha (3.2-3.4t/acre) which is slightly below the farm average of 9t/ha (3.6t/acre). It was combined at 14% moisture.

Protein is 11.5%, the Hagberg is 350 and the specific weight is 74Kg/hl. It should make good biscuit wheat, he believes.

He expects the rest of his wheat to yield less. 14ha (35 acres) were drilled in October and 60ha (150 acres) after Christmas.

Harvest has been stopped by the recent weather. “We have not had that many showers, and I think the rain will help bring some of the wheat along.”

Optic spring barley will be fit in two weeks. Soil on the farm is sandy loam.


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