31 July 2001
Rape yield down near Taunton

RICHARD PAYNE, who farms at Heathfield near Taunton on a silty clay soil, has combined oilseed rape with a below average yield.

Twenty-six hectares (65 acres) have yielded almost 2.5t/ha (1t/acre), the average is 3.5t/ha (1.4t/acre). “Its a low input system, but it was underwater for three months during the winter!”

He hopes to start combining peas mid-week and says the wheat is nearly fit.


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