Appalling wheat at Thriplow

Oliver Walston hopes to get combining again this afternoon (5 August), after being rained off at Thriplow Farms, Thriplow, Cambridgeshire.

“We’ve done the worst 12% of the wheat on awfully thin land, and it’s appalling,” he said.

The 100ha (250 acres) of Glasgow cut so far had yielded just 5.5-6t/ha (2.2-2.4t/acre).

“The rest of it is going to be better, but not brilliant. It won’t average more than 8t/ha (3.2t/acre).”

However, Excalibur and Sesame oilseed rape had done better than average, at 3.7t/ha (1.5t/acre).

“The Excalibur was nicer – we’ve just finished the Sesame and it was half ripe and half unripe.”

Mr Walston had also started Prophet peas before being rained off. “They’re doing just under 5t/ha (2t/acre), which is about average, and surprising, given the season.”

Crop: Winter wheat
Variety: Glasgow
Area: 100ha (250 acres)
Yield: 5.5-6t/ha (2.2-2.4t/acre)

Crop: Oilseed rape
Varieties: Excalibur and Sesame
Area: 160ha (400 acres)
Yield: 3.7t/ha (1.5t/acre)

Crop: Peas
Variety: Prophet
Area: 16ha (40 acres)
Yield: <5t/ha (2t/acre)

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