Finished at Glebe Farm

James Chamberlain has finished harvest at Glebe Farm, Shardlow, Derbyshire, but some farmers still have linseed, spring rapeseed and winter wheat to cut.

“The oilseed rape wasn’t too bad – it averaged 3.75t/ha (1.5t/acre), which, given the very dry season on light land, I’m quite satisfied with.”

However, if rain had arrived on time, the Fashion and Bravour could have reached 5t/ha (2t/acre), he said.

Gallant winter wheat was very pleasing, at 9.5t/ha (3.8t/acre). “It was a lovely sample – very clean and bright with very high protein. We’re very pleased with it and will plant more this year.”

Solstice ranged from 8.5t/ha (3.4t/acre) to 11t/ha (4.5t/acre), but was all over 13% protein. “The last cut was a little down on Hagberg but it all made milling quality.

“The yield was so variable, with the strong land doing well – it really reflected the moisture bearing capacity of the land.”

Spring barley was unexciting, at 6t/ha (2.4t/acre) – well down on last year’s 7.5t/ha (3t/acre), but all the Propino and Quench was good seed quality.

Mr Chamberlain had finished drilling oilseed rape and expected to start winter wheat in a week’s time.

Crop: Oilseed rape
Varieties: Fashion and Bravour
Yield: 3.75t/ha (1.5t/acre)

Crop: Winter wheat
Variety: Gallant
Yield: 9.5t/ha (3.8t/acre)

Variety: Solstice
Yield: 8.4-11t/ha (3.4-4.5t/acre)

Crop: Spring barley
Varieties: Propino and Quench
Yield: 6t/ha (2.4t/acre)

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