Cutting at 23% moisture in Yorkshire

Fields are very wet in East Yorkshire, but contractor Keith Snowball is on combining today for the first time this week, after being rained off on Sunday (24 August).

“It’s a beautiful sunny afternoon and the wind’s blowing, but when I look at the moisture meter it is 23%, where it’s been all day,” he said. “It is very wet and crops have suffered a bit.”

Mr Snowball reckoned he was about 45% through harvest, with a lot of wheat still to cut.

The 26ha (64 acres) of Solstice second wheat cut at his own High Farm, Brandsby, York, had yielded above average at over 8.6tha (3.5t/acre).

Sample results put the Hagberg at 175-220, with protein contents at 11.5-12.5%.

Dalguise winter oats had also yielded well at over 8.2t/ha (3.3t/acre). “Bushelweights are good but there’s quite a high percentage of screenings,” he said.

Crop: Winter wheat
Variety: Solstice
Area: 26ha (64 acres)
Yield: >8.6t/ha (3.5t/acre)

Crop: Winter oats
Variety: Dalguise
Area: 28ha (68 acres)
Yield: >8.2t/ha (3.3t/acre)

Crop: Winter barley
Varieties: Pearl and Carat
Yield: 6.7t/ha (2.7t/acre)

Crop: Oilseed rape
Variety: Catana
Yield: 3.7t/ha (1.5t/acre)

Variety: Grace
Yield: 2-3.5t/ha (0.8-1.4t/acre)


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