28 August 2001
Variable yields across different crops

CONTRACT farm manager Robin Baines, who is involved with several farms around Norwich and up to Wells-next-the-Sea, is seeing variable yields and quality.

He says 75% of the 890ha (2200 acres) he covers has been combined. “On mostly light land wheat and spring barley has been disappointing, even though the crops were not drilled too late.”

Savannah wheat has yielded 7.5t/ha (3t/acre), which is below the expected 8t/ha (3.2t/acre). Durum wheat has also been disappointing, yielding between 5-6.2t/ha (2-2.5t/acre). “The Hagberg was very low at 75-80. This is now feed.”

“Spring barley is almost wrapped up. It has yielded between 2-2.5t/acre (5-6.2t/ha) with one field doing 2.75t/acre (6.8t/ha).” Quality has been good with nitrogen 1.65% and low screenings.

“If the weather stays the same I dont think there will be a lot left in Norfolk by next Friday.”


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