Torrential rain was not causing problems for Andy Pendry in Kent today (24 July), as he had finished combining rape and was now waiting for wheat to ripen.
“The rape did very well – it’s been our best year,” he said.
Over a weighbridge at Burden Brothers’ Old Rides Farm, Eastchurch, the 39ha (96 acres) of Flash ranged from 4.6t to 5.1t/ha (1.9-2.1t/acre), while the 79ha (195 acres) of Castille yielded 3.7-4.7t/ha (1.5-1.9t/ha).
“It flowered for such a long time, and we are learning with lower seed rates and decent seedbeds,” said Mr Pendry.
Although he replaced poor patches of Castille with mustard seed, he was tempted to plant Flash across the whole farm this autumn.
Most people had nearly finished oilseed rape in the area, he added. Wheat at the farm would be ready by the middle of next week.
“It looks good – it won’t be poor, but won’t be as good as it could have been.”
Crop: Oilseed rape
Area: 39ha (96 acres)
Yield: 4.6-5.1t/ha (1.9-2.1t/acre)
Area: 79ha (195 acres)
Yield: 3.7-4.7 t/ha (1.5-1.9t/acre)
Duxford winter wheat is an HGCA Recommended List 2009/10 variety with very high UK treated yields and a maximum 9 rating for resistance to lodging with and without PGR. Combined with the highest second wheat yield and a balanced disease resistance profile, Duxford will continue to help UK growers meet the challenge of producing more grain profitably.