Winter cereals have performed well at Charlie Watson-Smyth’s Tregirls Farm, Padstow, Cornwall, but spring crops were disappointing.
“It was too dry in the spring, so the Tipple spring barley yielded just below 2t/acre (5t/ha).”
Alchemy winter wheat did well, at almost 10t/ha (4t/acre), with Saffron winter barley similarly pleasing at almost 7.4t/ha (3t/acre), he said.
“Straw yields have been good too, which is a help.”
Having finished combining cereals, Mr Watson-Smyth had just 8ha (20 acres) of millet to cut next week. Most people had finished harvest in the area, he added.
Crop: Winter wheat
Yield: <10t/ha (4t/acre)
Crop: Spring barley
Yield: <5t/ha (2t/acre)
Crop: Winter barley
Yield: <7.4t/ha (3t/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.