30 July 2001
Wheat combined for crimping

PAUL CARTER, manager of Sherbourne Castle Estates in Dorset has combined some organic Consort wheat for crimping for neighbour Mike Tizzard. The feed is for a cattle herd.

There was 40ha (100 acres) of the crop, cut at 25-30% moisture. It is estimated to have yielded 4.4t/ha (1.8t/acre).

They have also combined 11ha (27 acres) of Regina malting barley and 46ha (113 acres) of feed varieties Antonia and Jewel.

The Regina yielded 7.4t/ha (3t/acre) which is slightly above average. “Its better than we thought it might have been.” With 1.65 nitrogen and specific weight 67kg/hl, he thinks it will make low grade malting.

Antonia and Jewel averaged 6.7t/ha (2.6t/acre), which is below average for the farm. The specific weight was 68kg/hl.

Winter conditions were poor on the farm, which is based on stone brash soil.

They hope to start combining winter oats tomorrow and wheat should come fit in ten days


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