29 August 2001
Not bad yields considering winter conditions

NORTH Devon farmer Mark Stevens has finished winter wheat, and now has only 60ha (150 acres) of oats, which he expects to finish on Wednesday. He also has some beans, which are not quite fit.

“Wheat yields have been pretty good. Everything has yielded above 3t/acre (7.4t/acre), which is slightly below average but considering the season Im quite happy.”

He has combined Claire and Savannah for feed, with specific weight up to 78Kg/hl. The crop was drilled up to February. “Some of the earlier drilled crops did not do as well as the February drilled crops as they lay very wet.” The farm is based on medium loam soil.

His Jalna and Millennium oats have consistently yielded 7.5t/ha (3t/acre), with a specific weight of 54Kg/hl. Good weather has meant they have been at 12% moisture. However the straw has yielded 3.7t/ha (1.5t/acre), which is below the normal 7.5t/ha (3t/acre).


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