10 September 2001
Mixed bag with wheat and barley

DALGETYS Robin Webb says that wheat and barley are very mixed in yield and quality in Dorset. Harvest will finish this week with beans and the last wheat.

“Wheat has been a real mixed bag in terms of quality. Some Rialto, which was combined about two weeks ago, has Hagberg of 75. But most of the Hagbergs have been OK.

Protein has varied from 13-14% at the top end to 11-12% at the lower end. This stuff will make low-grade milling. The window around us has seen good bushel.

“This is only in our area, where wheat yields on chalk have been exceptional. There are reports in Somerset of yielding 2.5t/acre, which make the yield down by one third form average.”

Spring barley has also been variable. Yields form 5.5-6.8t/ha (2.25-2.75t/acre).

“Later combined crops now have high nitrogen of 1.9-2.2 and very variable screenings and bushel. Fusarium is very prevalent.”


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