Harvest 09: Going well in Yorks

Caley Sackur is combining wheat today at Lodge Farm, Tibthorpe, Driffield, Yorkshire, and is pleased with his harvest so far.

The Malacca winter wheat was yielding between 8.6t/ha and 11.1t/ha (3.5-4.5t/acre), but there was still 57ha (140 acres) to finish combining.

Cordiale second wheat had yielded about average, at 9.9t/ha (4t/acre), with slightly low protein of 12%, despite applying Nufol.

Excalibur oilseed rape had performed extremely well, at between 4.3t/ha and 5t/ha (1.75-2t/acre). “It’s hard to be exact as the combine’s yield monitor is not working properly,” said Mr Sackur.

Cassata winter barley had also yielded well, at 8t/ha (3.25t/acre), and all had been accepted for malting at 1.5-1.55% nitrogen.

Mr Sackur now had the Malacca and 80ha (200 acres) of Oakley to finish combining. “It looks very promising.”

Harvest was between two-thirds and three-quarters through in the area, although one neighbour had recently finished, he added.

Crop: Winter wheat
Variety: Malacca
Area: 40ha (100 acres)
Yield: 8.6-11.1t/ha (3.5-4.5t/acre)

Variety: Cordiale
Area: 80ha (200 acres)
Yield: 9.9t/ha (4t/acre)

Crop: Oilseed rape
Variety: Excalibur
Area: 93ha (230 acres)
Yield: 4.3-5t/ha (1.75-2t/acre)

Crop: Winter barley
Variety: Cassata
Area: 80ha (200 acres)
Yield: 8t/ha (3.25t/acre)

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