31 July 2001
Small OSR seeds in West Sussex

OILSEED rape yields are below average at Wephurst Park Farm, near Billingshurst, in West Sussex, according to manager Robin Matthews.

Twenty-three hectares (55 acres) of Apex have yielded 2.9t/ha (1.2t/acre). The farm average is between 3.3-3.7t/ha (1.35-1.5t/acre).

“It had looked a better crop than it turned out. The seeds are very small.”

The farm is based on Weald clay. They will make a start on Soissons winter wheat tomorrow, not drilled until January. He says they may be a few days behind a normal schedule.

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