Dodging the showers near Exeter

Harvest is progressing reasonably well for contractor Troy Stuart at Clyst St Mary, Exeter, Devon, despite frequent showers.

“All things considered it hasn’t been too bad – compared to the past three years we’re well ahead.”

Oilseed rape was taking a long time to die off, so Mr Stuart had cut some wheat in between early and later rape varieties.

“Most of the wheat we have done so far has been the poorer crops, because that’s what has been fit.”

Grafton wheat yielded just over 7.4t/ha (3t/acre) but had a nice bushelweight, while Alchemy was also bold and should yield slightly better, he said.

Mascani winter oats came off about average at almost 7.4t/ha (3t/acre).

Volume winter barley had yielded “exceptionally well” at almost 9.9t/ha (4t/acre). But two blocks of early spring barley were a bit mediocre, at just 4.9t/ha (2t/acre).

“The rest of the spring barley is not fit yet. We have been keeping up with crop ripening – the forecast has been rain almost every day but we’ve been mostly missing it.

“We’ve been almost pushing for the crops, rather than the weather stopping us. They have been coming off reasonably dry, on the whole.”

Crop: Winter wheat
Variety: Grafton
Yield: 7.4t/ha (3t/acre)

Crop: Winter oats
Variety: Mascani
Yield: 7.4t/ha (3t/acre)

Crop: Winter barley
Variety: Volume
Yield: 9.9t/ha (4t/acre)

Crop: Spring barley
Yield: 4.9t/ha (2t/acre)

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