Harvest 09: Cutting wheat in Kent

Jonathan Tipples was enjoying a fine day in Kent today, and making a start on his wheat at Reed Court Farm, Marden.

Having cut just 10ha (25 acres) of Einstein as a second wheat, at 16.1-18.7% moisture, he was disappointed with yields of about 7.4t/ha (3t/acre).

“It’s not particularly good. We could have done with a lot more rain in June. There’s nothing more depressing than harvesting drought-ravaged crops in a monsoon!”

Mr Tipples had finished all bar eight pigeon-damaged hectares (20 acres) of oilseed rape, which would not be ready to cut for another week.

The 69ha (170 acres) of Castille had averaged about 3.7t/ha (1.5t/acre), getting progressively worse as harvest progressed, he said.

Farmers were about 15-20% through harvest in the area, having almost finished winter barley and cut 70-80% of their rape, he added.

Crop: Winter wheat
Variety: Einstein
Area: 10ha (25 acres)
Yield: 7.4t/ha (3t/acre)

Crop: Oilseed rape
Variety: Castille
Area: 69ha (170 acres)
Yield: 3.7t/ha (1.5t/acre)

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