Wheat is 95% cut in the Shrewsbury area and it has been the easiest harvest in ten years, said David Roberts of G. O Davies of Westbury. He said the long dry period earlier in July/August meant farmers were able to get on with harvest.
Yields have been very mixed, with second wheats performing below average at 6.25 – 7.5t/ha. First wheats have been good and above average at 10 – 11.25t/ha.
Quality has generally been very good with bushel weights of over 80kg/hl and good Hagbergs, although some are starting to drop, he said.
Mr Roberts said fairly high nitrogen levels have been seen in spring barley, although this was expected after the dry spell in June.
He added: “It’s been two completely different years – we didn’t start cutting wheat until August bank holiday last year.”
- Crop/Variety: Winter wheat
- Area: N/A
- Yield: First wheats – 10 – 11.5t/ha, Second wheats – 6.25 – 7.5t/ha
- Quality: Bushel over 80kg/hl, good Hagbergs