10 September 2001
Good wheat yields

FARMING consultant Andrew Graham of Strutt and Parker in Salisbury says, “Wheat yields have generally been quite good.

“The average is not quite 4t/acre but we have had yields up to 4.25t/acre.” The land around Salisbury is mostly chalk.

Quality is more varied but generally useable for milling wheat. “Its been difficult to get parcels of milling wheat where everything has met full specification.

“Proteins have usually been low, between 12-12.5%. But it is not far off and it will go for full spec contract with fallbacks. There is variability on samples. The front and back of a shed are not showing any relation.”

Spring barley has been more of a disappointment. “Yields are not as high as last year when we were getting 3t/acre. This year the top yield is 2.5t/acre.”

He says most of the crop was off before rain and is good quality.

“Conditions this year have been better than last year. Most of the quality wheat was combined early and needed a bit of drying, but none has had to go through two times.”

He has only seen a couple of sample of beans which are good quality and yielding a pleasing 4.3t/ha (1.75t/acre), but he says it is too early to be sure.

“Overall wheat has not been too bad considering the winter conditions, and farmers are quite pleased with the yields, they have not had the hassle of last year and the price is looking better.”


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