Frustrating harvest in South Herts

Tim Whitehead from Royston, South Hertfordshire said things are “a bit frustrating” having only cut for four days in the past 10. He said yields are very average at 9.8t/ha, but concerns are for bushel weights.

He was surprised Xi19 yielded the same as Robigus, although the crop suffered from a little ergot. Claire sown on light land did well this year, while Robigus yields were slightly disappointing, he said. Hereward met milling specification, although he said Hagbergs were slightly low.

Mr Whitehead said the bushel weight is coming down which has a price implication, and so is concerned for the quality of the remaining 80ha. All quality wheat was cut before the rain, although he is concerned for the land becoming too wet to work on.

Harvest progress is ahead of last year, when he had 50% left to cut on Aug 28, compared to 20% remaining today (Aug 25), he added.

  • Crop/Variety: Xi19, Claire, Robigus, Hereward winter wheat

  • Area: 430ha

  • Yield: 9.8 – 9.9t/ha

  • Quality: Bushel weights low, Hagbergs slightly low, but quality generally good


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