Martin Boulden is about to make a start in winter wheat at Court Lodge, Aldington, Kent, having finished the winter barley and oilseed rape.
“We’ve been very lucky with the weather down here – we did 263ha of oilseed rape in six and a half days, and 45ha of winter barley in a day and a half.”
The Dimension, Compass, Alienor and PR46W21 rape averaged about 3.7t/ha, with the W21 topping the yield table.
Saffron winter barley yielded better than last year at 8.2t/ha, and had already been moved with no quality problems.
“We’ve cut a few Mascani winter oats, which were also better than last year, at 7.4t/ha,” said Mr Boulden.
“We should make a start on either the Claire or Cordiale winter wheat this afternoon (7 August).”
However, the wheat looked to be a mixed bag, he added. “It’s some and some – the older varieties seems to have fared better than the modern varieties with the disease pressure.”
Crop: Winter barley
Crop: Oilseed rape
Varieties: Dimension, Compass, Alienor and PR46W21
Crop: Winter oats