Troy Stuart is desperate to get on combining at Clyst St Mary, Exeter, Devon, but his crops simply aren’t ready.


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Having cut 51ha (125 acres) of Catana oilseed rape two weeks ago, which averaged 4t/ha (1.5t/acre), he had hoped to combine more yesterday (6 August) but found it wasn’t ripe, at 30% moisture.

“Our forecast looks unsettled for the next 10 days, and nothing is really ripening.”

The 40ha (100 acres) of Tipple spring barley and 49ha (120 acres) of Mascani winter oats were close, but needed a window of good weather. “The rape isn’t shedding but some of the oats are starting to go down,” he said.

The 650ha (1600 acres) of Solstice, Alchemy, Istabraq and Einstein were still some way off.

Crop: Oilseed rape
Variety: Catana
Area: 51ha (125 acres)
Yield: 4t/ha (1.5t/acre)

Crop: Spring barley
Variety: Tipple
Area: 40ha (100 acres)

Crop: Winter oats
Variety: Mascani
Area: 49ha (120 acres)

Crop: Winter wheat
Varieties: Solstice, Alchemy, Istabraq and Einstein
Area: 650ha (1600 acres)



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