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Variable wheat emerging

28 August 2001
Variable wheat emerging

WHEAT quality and yields are variable across the north of England, according to Darrell Yarwood of Dalgetys.

“The quality is all over the place. Hagbergs are variable, with higher than normal protein and good specific weight.”

“Claire is the predominant crop in the north and there are concerns of sprouting.” Hagberg on Claire vary from 120-180. Hagberg on Hereward have varied from 62-350, with most between 150-200. Malacca is also varied.

“The wheat crops ripened and then sat in very hot and humid and the Hagbergs have fallen.”

Yields vary on wheat crops between 5-12.3t/ha (2-5t/acre), with poorer yields off wetter ground.

Spring barley is said to be 50% done across the region. Nitrogen is between 1.5-1.6% with mid-90s percentage retention, which is satisfactory.


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Variable wheat emerging

14 August 2001
Variable wheat emerging

THE Somerset region is seeing variable a wheat crop in the early part of the harvest.

Ted Bird, of Cannington Grain says farmers have only just started wheat after some poor weather conditions this week.

“Weve had to reject two trailer loads on protein and bushel weights. Weve seen some poor quality milling wheat.” In the area most farmers grow for feed. The specific weights have been about 72 kg/hl, which is good enough for feed.

Moisture has been between 17-19%, reflecting the poor conditions this week.

A handful of farmers have started peas. In the area there are some odd bits of winter barley and oilseed rape.


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