Bill moves onto peas in Kent

Bill Harbour is cutting peas today (1 September) at Gosmere Farm, Faversham, Kent, having finished his wheat on Friday.

The 38ha (93 acres) of Kahuna peas cut so far had averaged about 4.3t/ha (1.75t/acre). “The first lot were rather bleached but the rest looks alright,” he said.

His Solstice and Xi19 winter wheat performed very well, with one field of Xi19 reaching 12t/ha (4.9t/acre).

Second wheat averaged about 8t/ha (3.2t/acre) and the Solstice yielded about 11t/ha (4.5t/acre). Hagbergs were fine, and proteins were good at 12-13%, said Mr Harbour.

With no rain over the weekend he hoped to finish combining the peas before the weather broke, and would then make a start on drilling his oilseed rape.

Crop: Spring peas
Variety: Kahuna
Area: 38ha (93 acres)
Yield: 4.3t/ha (1.75t/acre)

Crop: Winter wheat
Varieties: Xi19 and Solstice
Area: 190 ha (469 acres)
Yield: 8-12t/ha (3.2-4.9t/acre)

Crop: Oilseed rape
Varieties: Castille and Excalibur
Area: 40ha (100 acres)
Yield: 3t/ha (1.25t/acre)



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