Wheat yields have met the five year average for Anthony Hogsbjerg at Clarks Farm in Suffolk. At 8.75t/ha it was an unexceptional crop, but Deben performed better than Napier and Einstein, he said.
He prices have not been good this year. Yields are down 1t/ha compared to last year due to poorer seedbed established last autumn.
But he is pleased to have finished harvest so early: “We were still filling up with wet wheat this time last year.”
Most came in at under 17% moisture. He said the main problem was getting the crop to 15%, with drying costs averaging £1/tonne. With the EU wanting the crop dry, he said it is costing a phenomenal amount of money.
“If the EU raised the level to 16% it would save the environment and everyone else lots of time, money and the use of fossil fuels.”
- Crop/Variety: Deben, Napier and Einstein winter wheat
- Area: N/A
- Yield: 8.75t/ha
- Quality: Moisture under 17%