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Wheat is disappointment

5 September 2001
Wheat is disappointment

Wheat has been a big disappointment for Anthony Hornshaw, who farms near Darlington. “Wheat has not yielded well, but the operation has gone well. Its been a picnic compared to last year.” Most of the crop was combined at 17-18% moisture.

Consort, Claire and Equinox have yielded poorly. “It varied depending on the establishment of the crops. The ones drilled in September were ok, but things went downhill from there. The barns are not full and Id rather not state what the yields were.”

Quality of the biscuit wheat is ok with Hagbergs in mid 200s and reasonable proteins.

Optic spring barley has yielded better and has been good quality, with 1.7% nitrogen. “This crop has been better than expected.”


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Wheat is disappointment

30 August 2001
Wheat is disappointment

WHEAT is a disappointment for William Wardman, who farms and contracts at Redcar near Middlesborough. He expects to finish winter wheat by the weekend, but still has some more spring barley and beans to combine.

“First wheat Claire has yielded 3.5t/acre (8.6t/ha), which is about 1t/acre (2.5t/ha) down on average. There is also a major shortage of straw.” He says the Claire is a good sample and should be biscuit quality.

Spring barley was grown this year as not all the wheat area was drilled. It yielded between 4.3-5t/ha (1.75-2t/acre). “A long time ago when we grew spring barley we used to think 2.5t/acre (6.2t/ha) was a bad harvest.” It should make low grade malting.


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