22 August 2001
Variable harvest coming to end

HARVEST has been variable for Marcus Fuller, manager of Tiln Farms near Retford in Nottinghamshire. He expects to finish off winter wheat on Wednesday (22 August).

Early drilled crops seemed to have done better. Claire yielded 7.4t/ha (3t/acre), which is above average on the sandy soil. Charger yielded 6.2t/ha (2.5t/acre), which is about average.

“We do not tend to make milling standards on protein.” Later drilled crops have been average or below. The last wheat was drilled in January.

Optic spring barley has yielded a disappointing 4.9t/ha (2t/acre). “It is very rare we dont achieve malting grade.”

He says the farm has been early through harvest despite a 12-day stoppage after winter barley due to rain. He thinks the weather has helped the crops ripen better.

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