Harvest 09: Cutting wheat in Glos

Chris Padfield is combining wheat today at The Hawthorns, Staunton, Gloucestershire, despite a short shower this morning.

The Battalion second wheat was yielding about 8.2t/ha (3.3t/acre) so far, and he had 49ha (120 acres) left to finish off.

Flash oilseed rape yielded exceptionally well, with one 20ha (50 acre) block averaging 4.4-5t/ha (1.8-2t/acre) at 10.5% moisture.

“It was a minor miracle, considering it was drilled on 22 September,” he said.

Flash and Castille across the whole 100ha (250 acres) averaged a pleasing 4.2-4.4t/ha (1.7-1.8t/acre), despite a couple of fields which came in at just 2.5t/ha (1t/acre).

Farmers were about halfway through harvest in the area, and Mr Padfield hoped to finish sometime next week.

Crop: Winter wheat
Variety: Battalion
Area: 32ha (80 acres)
Yield: 8.2t/ha (3.3t/acre)

Crop: Oilseed rape
Varieties: Flash and Castille
Area: 100ha (250 acres)
Yield: 4.2-4.4t/ha (1.7-1.8t/acre)

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