Finishing harvest near Lenham

Jamie Clark hopes to finish harvest at David Clark Farms, Lenham, Kent, today (20 August), and is generally pretty pleased with how it’s gone.

“The wheats have been very good; oilseed rape was disastrous again, and the peas were excellent,” he said.

“The Ahiflower we grow for Technology Crops did surprisingly well too, at 1t/ha, especially as it went in very late and didn’t get off to the best of starts.”

Mr Clark attributed the poor PR46W21 rapeseed yields – 2.8t/ha – to herbicide damage in the autumn. “It just never got away.”

See also: Hybrid barley – a useful tool for blackgrass control.

But the peas produced 5t/ha, with second wheats Panorama and Cordiale at 8.6-9.3t/ha. First wheats Target and Claire came off at up to 12.4t/ha.

“And we’re just finishing off some Scout today on very heavy Weald clay, which is yielding 9.9t/ha.”

Most people had nearly finished harvest in the area, although there was still some wheat and beans to get in, he added.

“We drilled our oilseed rape on 12 August and the flea beetles are eating it. We sprayed it two days ago and they’re still at it, so we’re going to have to spray it again – thanks to the efforts of the EU.”

See more