80% through harvest in Kent

Martin Boulden is about 80% of the way through harvest at Court Lodge Farm, Aldington, Kent.

He was cutting Claire winter wheat on Saturday (23 August), and yields were pleasing at 8.5-9.5t/ha (3.4-3.8t/acre).

The 162ha (400 acres) each of Hereward and Solstice averaged slightly less at 8-9t/ha (3.2-3.6t/acre). “Every tonne has had to be dried.”

The last sample results Mr Boulden had were from wheat cut 10 days ago, and although protein contents were low, Hagbergs were fine, he said.

He now had 121ha (300 acres) of Claire still to cut. “I don’t think it’s been affected by the weather – we haven’t had too much rain, it’s just been a bit damp.”

After the wheat he had 34ha (85 acres) of Standal peas to do. “They’re not on the ground yet – they look good.”

Crop: Winter wheat
Variety: Hereward
Area: 162ha (400 acres)
Yield: 8-9t/ha (3.2-3.6t/acre)

Variety: Solstice
Area: 162ha (400 acres)
Yield: 8-9t/ha (3.2-3.6t/acre)

Variety: Claire
Area: 40ha (100 acres)
Yield: 8.5-9.5t/ha (3.4-3.8t/acre)

Crop: Oilseed rape
Variety: Trabant
Area: 32ha (80 acres)
Yield: 4.3t/ha (1.75t/acre)

Variety: Castille
Area: 49ha (120 acres)
Yield: 3.7t/ha (1.5t/acre)

Variety: Kalif
Area: 10ha (25 acres)
Yield: 4.3t/ha (1.75t/acre)

Variety: Astrid
Area: 142ha (350 acres)
Yield: 2.9t/ha (1.2t/acre)

Crop: Winter barley
Variety: Saffron
Area: 36ha (90 acres)
Yield: 7.4t/ha (3t/acre)

Crop: Winter oats
Variety: Gerald
Area: 11ha (27 acres)
Yield: 7.4t/ha (3t/acre)



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