Combining wheat in Wiltshire

Roger Moore was busy combining Viscount winter wheat for seed today (29 August) at Manor Farm, Stapleford, Wilts.

“It’s doing very well – we’ve got a job to keep up with the two combines with four 15t trailers,” he said.

Sahara and some Alchemy had also been cut and yielded well, although it was too early to be sure on yields.

The 202ha (500 acres) of Splendor and Castille oilseed rape produced comparable yields of 3.7t/ha (1.5t/acre) each – fairly pleasing on the whole, said Mr Moore.

He still had 80ha (200 acres) of feed wheat to cut at Ballington Manor Estate, as well as Hendon naked oats and 61ha (150 acres) of Mascara and Cooper peas.

Crop: Oilseed rape
Variety: Splendor and Castille
Area: 202ha (500 acres)
Yield: 3.7t/ha (1.5t/acre)

Crop: Winter barley
Variety: Flagon
Area: 40ha (100 acres)
Yield: 8.3t/ha (3.4t/acre)

Crop: Winter wheat
Varieties: Alchemy, Sahara and Viscount

Crop: Peas
Varieties: Mascara and Cooper
Area: 61ha (150 acres)


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