Biscuit premium for Somerset wheat

Richard Payne at Heathfield Manor Farm in Taunton, Somerset, was pleased his wheat crop all came in dry, meaning there were no drying costs.


Wheat mostly cut at 10t/ha, coming in at 12.6% protein, bushel weight 76kg/hl and 314 Hagberg. He said the good quality means there should be a premium for biscuit wheat.


Mr Payne is disappointed with peas at 5t/ha, and spring beans at 3.75t/ha. But Wizard winter beans did very well at 5.6t/ha, he said.


He is currently struggling with drilling next season’s Lioness oilseed rape, despite recent worries for the variety. He will be growing more Robigus next season, and will try some Alchemy wheat. He plans to drop peas and spring beans and keep Wizard winter beans because they performed so well this year.



  • Crop/Variety: Winter wheat – mostly Claire, some Robigus and Nijinsky

  • Area: N/A

  • Yield: 10t/ha

  • Quality: Protein 12.6%, Bushel weight 76kg/hl, 314 Hagberg

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