Cracking on in Bedfordshire

Tom Hipwell still had 100ha (250 acres) of Robigus winter wheat to combine at Hill Farm, Sandy, Beds, but moisture levels had finally dropped to about 16%.

“We’ve been nibbling away at 22% over the past 10 days,” he said.

The Oakley winter wheat had been outstanding, at 10-12t/ha (4-4.9t/acre), with Humber only slightly below that.

Some wheat was suffering from sprouting and fusarium, said Mr Hipwell. “But it’s looking a lot better in the sunshine today.”

He had managed to drill all his oilseed rape, and ground conditions had finally improved enough to get on ploughing yesterday (September 14).

Crop: Winter wheat
Varieties: Oakley and Humber
Area: 263ha (650 acres)
Yield: 10-12t/ha (4-4.9t/acre)

Variety: Einstein
Area: 202ha (500 acres)
Yield: 8.9t/ha (3.6t/acre)

Crop: Oilseed rape
Variety: Castille
Area: 243ha (600 acres)
Yield: 3t/ha (1.25t/acre)


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