Harvest 09: Finishing wheat in Essex

Carl Juhl has got 80ha (200 acres) of winter wheat to finish up at Little Farms, Saffron Walden, Essex, followed by 24ha (60 acres) of winter beans.

Yields had generally been pleasing, although some fields of second wheat had disappointed, he said.

Oakley, Viscount and Robigus first wheats had averaged over 9.9t/ha (4t/acre), while Humber as a second wheat ranged from under 7.4t/ha (3t/acre) to almost 9.9t/ha (4t/acre).

“Bushelweights are not as high as I was expecting – the Oakley tested at 74kg/hl.”

Publican and Tipple spring barley were of good malting quality, and yielded just over and just under 7.4t/ha (3t/acre), respectively.

The Castille and Catana oilseed rape averaged about 4.3t/ha (1.75t/acre), while a small area of Cabernet impressed at almost 5t/ha (2t/acre).

Most people were finishing up wheat in the area, said Mr Juhl. “The end is in sight.”

After the wheat, he had Husky winter beans to cut, half of which were ready now, and the other half of which were still a week away.

“Considering they were drilled very late into a poor seedbed, they don’t look too bad, although they are a bit weedy.”

Crop: Winter wheat
Varieties: Oakley, Viscount and Robigus
Yield: >9.9t/ha (4t/acre)

Variety: Humber
Yield: <7.4-9.9t/ha (3-4t/acre)

Crop: Spring barley
Variety: Publican
Area: 28ha (70 acres)
Yield: >7.4t/ha (3t/acre)

Variety: Tipple
Area: 80ha (200 acres)
Yield: <7.4t/ha (3t/acre)

Crop: Oilseed rape
Varieties: Castille and Catana
Area: 200ha (500 acres)
Yield: 4.3t/ha (1.75t/acre)

Variety: Cabernet
Yield: 5t/ha (2t/acre)

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