Cutting winter wheat in Worcestershire

Roger Brian is busy on the combine at Park Farm, Hanbury, Worcestershire, with the last of the winter wheat left to do.

First wheat Claire yielded a pleasing 9.9t/ha average, while second wheat Gallant also met expectations at 8.6t/ha.

Crop facts

  • Crop: Winter wheat
  • Varieties: Claire and Gallant
  • Yield: 9.9t/ha

Advance oilseed rape yielded about average for the farm, at 3.7t/ha. “We’ve put in Osprey for next year as it’s a variety that did very well on the farm a couple of years ago,” said Mr Brian.

See also: Big changes for disease control in oilseed rape.

Spring wheat yields averaged 3.7t/ha, with all cereals coming off at between 12.5 and 17% moisture.

“We’ve had to dry a small amount but nothing significant,” he added. “Unfortunately, we’re cutting where the ground is quite wet now which isn’t ideal.”

Mr Brian hoped to finish the last of a neighbour’s winter wheat over the coming days, while getting in to spray his own recently drilled oilseed rape.

“It’s not been a bad year, and we can say the winter wheat was very good.

“We just need to focus on bringing in the remaining crops and getting things ready when we can for next year.”