George Brown was on combining at Priors Farm, Newbury, Berks, today (8 September), cutting wheat at over 20% moisture.
“Some of the wheat is as green as grass where it’s gone flat and sprouted – and nearly all of it has gone flat now,” he said.
Alchemy had withstood the conditions better than Oakley and Humber, and he would be drilling that again this year, given half a chance.
“I was on ploughing this morning in conditions I wouldn’t dream of touching in the middle of winter, but we haven’t drilled any rape yet.”
Mr Brown had 73ha (180 acres) of wheat to cut at the home farm, with another 80ha (200 acres) of contracting to finish off. “It looks pretty tattered,” he said.
“We were thinking of buying another, second-hand, combine last week just so we could get on.”
However, yields had been good, at 9.4t/ha (3.8t/acre), and the spring barley also yielded above average at 6.9t/ha (2.8t/acre). All of it made malting quality.
Crop: Winter wheat
Varieties: Alchemy, Humber and Oakley
Area: 108ha (265 acres)
Crop: Spring barley
Area: 77ha (190 acres)
Yield: 6.8-7.4t/ha (2.75-3t/acre)
Crop: Oilseed rape
Area: 61ha (150 acres)
Yield: 2.7t/ha (1.1t/acre)
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