Combine finally going after two week rain delay

Robert Law finally managed to get the combine rolling again at Thrift Farm, Royston, Hertfordshire, yesterday (August 27), after 14 days off.

“We’ve caught the worst of the weather in East Anglia and it’s a real pity because we were on course to have a really good wheat year,” he said.

Before the rain Mr Law’s wheat yielded 9.2-11t/ha (3.7-4.5t/acre) at 82kg/hl. Back in the same field of Consort at 17.5% moisture, the bushelweight had fallen to 71kg/hl and yields had fallen with it.

Quality had also suffered. “Everything has sprouted and that’s in common with everyone round here. There is going to be tonnes of really awful wheat in East Anglia this year.”

Mr Law’s oats also proved disappointing, at 6.2t/ha (2.5t/acre), but his Carat winter barley was “the best we’ve ever grown”, at 8t/ha (3.2t/acre). The 96ha (237 acres) of Zero4 peas were also pleasing at 3.7t/ha (1.5t/acre).

With 243ha (600 acres) of wheat left to cut, Mr Law hoped to enlist the help of neighbours to finish as soon as possible.

Blessed with drier weather, wheat harvest on his Nottinghamshire farm finished yesterday, with Einstein and Hereward averaging 7.4t/ha (3t/acre).

Crop: Winter wheat
Yield: 7.4-11t/ha (3-4.5t/acre)

Crop: Winter barley
Variety: Carat
Yield: 8t/ha (3.2t/acre)

Crop: Winter oats
Yield: 6.2t/ha (2.5t/acre)

Crop: Peas
Variety: Zero4
Yield: 3.7t/ha (1.5t/acre)

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