Bold barley at Field House Farm

Richard Beachell is back on combining today (13 August) at Field House Farm, Bainton, Humberside, after showers swept through the area yesterday.

“It’s going alright – we’ve got crops that are ripe at the moment, so we’re just nipping away as and when they’re ready.”

So far Mr Beachell had cut 32ha of Cheerio spring barley, which was yielding 8.6t/ha at 16% moisture, according to the combine scales.

“It’s certainly doing over 7.4t/ha, and it’s a really lovely bold sample,” he said.

Early drilled Excalibur oilseed rape had yielded about 4t/ha, while Venture winter barley had been cut and sold at 9t/ha.

“It was 68kg/hl and 1.7% nitrogen, so it’s all gone for malting,” said Mr Beachell. “We’re really quite pleased with that.”

Although his own winter wheat was still some way off, The Arable Group started combining its trials on the farm yesterday. “It was coming off at 18% moisture, so it’s hard and fit.”

Crop: Spring barley
Variety: Cheerio
Area: 32ha
Yield: c.8t/ha

Crop: Oilseed rape
Variety: Excalibur
Area: 20ha
Yield: 4t/ha

Crop: Winter barley
Variety: Venture
Area: >40ha
Yield: 9t/ha

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