Harvest 09: Back on in Devon

Troy Stuart has managed to get combining again at Clyst St Mary, Exeter, Devon, after last week’s torrential rain.

He was cutting wheat at between 19% and 21% moisture. “It’s gone a bit dusty and black, but it’s combining fine.”

Wheat harvest was about two-thirds complete, leaving him 182ha (450 acres) to finish off.

So far the Alchemy and Istabraq had yielded well, at 9.3t/ha (3.75t/acre). “There is very little sprouting.”

Oilseed rape had also been pleasing, averaging 4.3t/ha (1.75t/acre), but winter linseed was extremely mediocre, at less than 1.2t/ha (0.5t/acre).

Mr Stuart said a decent week’s weather would see harvest completed.

But while he had drilled all the oilseed rape, the ground was now very wet, which was making fieldwork difficult.

Crop: Winter wheat
Varieties: Alchemy and Istrabraq
Yield: 9.3t/ha (3.75t/acre)

Crop: Oilseed rape
Varieties: Castille and Cabernet
Yield: 4.3t/ha (1.75t/acre)

Crop: Winter oats
Variety: Dalguise
Area: 40ha (100 acres)
Yield: 7.4t/ha (3t/acre)

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