Another week to go for Suffolk wheat

Gerald Godfrey of Great Common Farm, Beckles, Suffolk was hoping for another fine week to ripen his Gladiator and Claire winter wheat. “Fingers crossed,” he said.

His 81ha (200 acres) of wheat looked quite good and he was expecting good bushel weights. It was standing well and Mr Godfrey was going to desiccate with Roundup (glyphosate) to ripen the straw. He intended to start cutting in a week’s time, “It’s getting there” he said.

Mr Godfrey had finished 15ha (37acres) of ES Astrid last Saturday [28 July] yielding 4.25-4.5 t/ha (1.7-1.8 t/acre).

He had also cut his 24ha (60 acres) of Carat winter barley around 10 days ago (23 July), which yielded 7.4 t/ha (60 Cwt/acre).

Mr Godfrey was pleased with arable prices (£190/t for oilseed rape and £120/t for barley), but said livestock had not profited so well. He said silage and hay were later than usual, but were at least being made, “a few fine days have made the difference for them.”

• Crop: Winter barley
• Variety: Carat
• Yield: 7.4 t/ha
• Price: 120£/tonne.
• Area: 24ha

• Crop: Oilseed rape
• Variety: ES Astrid
• Yield: 4.25-4.5 t/ha
• Price: 190£/tonne.
• Area: 15ha

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