17 August 2001
Yields below average on heavy land

YIELDS are below average for Roger Mann, who farms on heavy soil near Warwick. He started combining wheat on Wednesday (15 August).

“Second wheat Rialto did 2.5t/acre (6.2t/acre). But if you took out the bare patches it probably did 3t/acre (7.4t/ha). We have just started first wheat Consort and expect that to do 2.5t/acre (6.2t/ha)- it was badly flooded.”

Average yields on the farm are 8.6-9.9t/ha (3.5-4t/acre) for first wheat and 8-8.6t/ha (3.25-3.5t/acre) for second wheat. “I reckon all crops are between 0.5-1t/acre (1.2-2.5t/ha) down form average.” They started combining wheat at 20% and it has since dropped to 15%.

He is unsure of the quality of the wheat. “Well have to wait and see. But nothing has sprouted yet.”

Oilseed rape was also disappointing. It yielded 2.5t/ha (1t/acre), which is below the 3-3.7t/ha (1.25-1.5t/acre) average.

Spring barley should be ready in two weeks, having been drilled in April.


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