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Poor wheat yields

17 August 2001
Poor wheat yields

ROBERT TALLIS, who farms at Frolesworth, between Lutterworth and Leicestershire, is reporting disappointing wheat yields.

But, weather permitting, he may finish in three days: “Im sitting in the sunshine waiting for it to dry after showers yesterday [16 August].”

He started combining wheat on Monday. “Lloyd durum wheat was diabolical. It yielded 1t/acre (2.5t/ha). It went into a dire seedbed and when we harvested it there was nothing there.”

Malacca milling wheat was also disappointing. It yielded about 7.4t/ha (3t/acre). “It is the first year weve grown it. We normally expect 4t/acre (9.9t/ha) from milling wheat.”

The moisture has been between 14-15% and he says he has not had to dry anything this harvest.

Winter oats Jalna has yielded 7.4t/ha (3t/acre) and Fortress oilseed rape yielded 3.2t/ha (1.3t/acre). “I reckon every crop has yielded at least 0.5t/acre (1.2t/ha) less this season. We expected a poor harvest and it was delivered.”


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Poor wheat yields

14 August 2001
Poor wheat yields

“WHEAT yields are diabolical,” Tony Higgins tells the harvest hotline. He farms near Langport in Somerset and has combined 120ha (300 acres) of wheat and has another 400ha (1000 acres) to go.

Claire has yielded between 4.9-6.8t/ha (2-2.75t/acre). This is about 2.5t/ha (1t/acre) below the average for the farm. He blames drought conditions during the end of May and June on the brash-soil based farm.

He says that wheat drilled in October have not done as well as January drilled wheat.


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