27 July 2001
Rape performs poorly in Bedfordshire

JOHN IBBETT, managing director of Bedfordia Farms in Bedfordshire is disappointed with the oilseed rape harvest.

“Fortress yielded 3t/ha, when we have budgeted for 3.4t/ha.” 100ha (250 acres) of the crop has been cut, and he says they are a third of the way through.

Fortress has been grown on the farm for 3 years.

Angela, a six row feed barley, has performed well, however. “It has yielded 8.8t/ha, while we would normally expect 8t/ha. It is a big and bold sample.”

The specific weight is 66 kilos.

He says they are up to 2 weeks behind. They also have spring barley and winter wheat. The farm is based on a soil mixture of chalky clay boulder.

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