John Moss is busy combining in Devon today, (15 September), and is about 80% through harvest in Devon and Cornwall.
“Yields are all over the place. A lot of crops went into very wet conditions, and they didn’t tiller in the spring. But the crops are better in Devon than Cornwall, where they were knocked by the constant humidity and rain.”
Wheat yields were below average, with not many fields exceeding 7.4t/ha (3t/acre), but the crops were now coming in dry, at 13% moisture.
Recent rain had caused a lot of sprouting in the wheat, with Cassius, Alchemy and Claire proving the most susceptible, and Istabraq holding up well, he said.
Mascani winter oats came off dry, even though they had gone flat. “They appear to be alright, and haven’t sprouted, but yields were not as good as they looked.”
Mr Moss had about 364ha (900 acres) left to combine, having cut 80ha (200 acres) over the past five days.
“The bulk of harvest will be done by the weekend if it stays dry.”
Crop: Winter oats
Yield: 6.2-6.9t/ha (2.5-2.8t/acre)
Crop: Winter wheat
Varieties: Cassius, Alchemy, Claire and Istabraq
Yield: <7.4t/ha (3t/acre)
Area: 5ha (13 acres)
Yield: 9.1t/ha (3.7t/acre)
Yield: 8.2t/ha (3.3t/acre)
Crop: Winter barley
Yield: 7.4-8.9t/ha (3-3.6t/acre)
Crop: Oilseed rape
Yield: 3.1-4t/ha (1.25-1.6t/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.