Exceptional harvest at Beal Farm

Rod Smith has had an exceptional year at Beal Farm, Berwick upon Tweed, Northumberland, and is hoping to get the last of the wheat cut over the coming days.

“It had been going very well up until the break in the weather over the past couple of weeks,” he said.

“The gales we’ve had recently have caused some damage but there’s nothing we can do to help this.”

The 130ha of Croft winter wheat yielded a very pleasing 12.2t/ha. But the 53ha of Leeds winter wheat was even more outstanding, with yields between 12.67 and 13t/ha.

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Crop facts

  • Crop: Winter wheat
  • Variety: Leeds
  • Area: 53ha
  • Yield: 12.67-13t/ha

“It’s been going extremely well and we were even selected to contend in the world record,” said Mr Smith.

“Unfortunately, the area put forward for the record didn’t turn out to be our best wheat yield on the farm.”

Vining peas had been harvested several weeks ago, with the land cultivated and ready for next year’s wheat crop.

Mr Smith still had 30ha of Odyssey spring barley waiting to be cut.

“It’s looking okay, but we’ll leave harvest until it’s dry,” he said. “For now we want to focus on the remaining 73ha of wheat as our most valuable crop.

“It’s been a really good year for us, but this stop-start weather is causing frustration,” he added.

“It’s going to be a busy weekend trying to get everything cut so that we can start focusing on getting everything in place for next year.”

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