Two dry days in a row would see Giles Porter making a start on his winter barley at Penn Croft Farms, Farnham, Surrey.
He had 49ha (120 acres) of his own Flagon and 40ha (100 acres) of a neighbour’s winter barley to cut, and hoped to make a start at the weekend (25 July).
The crops were fit and ready to combine, but Mr Porter wanted a spell of dry weather to enable him to bale the straw quickly. “It doesn’t look too bad.”
After that he had 100ha (250 acres) of Flash, Castille, Expert and Cabernet oilseed rape to cut, which he sprayed off almost a fortnight ago. “It will probably be ready by the middle of next week,” he said.
“People around us have cut a bit of rape, and we should be into ours by Wednesday.”
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.