Harvest 09: Halfway near Ely

Harvest is about halfway through near Ely, Cambridgeshire, according to Anthony Morbey, who is now combining first wheats at Cole Ambrose.

“I am less than halfway, but I have got neighbours who are nearly finished.”

Mr Morbey had finished his oilseed rape and second wheat, which disappointed on the heavy land due to the wet autumn.

The 80ha (200 acres) of Solstice yielded 7.4-8.6t/ha (3-3.5t/acre) – about 1t/ha (0.4t/acre) below average.

However, the 28ha (70 acres) of Castille oilseed rape was pleasing, at 4t/ha (1.6t/acre).

Peas had yielded reasonably well so far, and the Robigus and Solstice first wheats looked promising, he added.

Crop: Winter wheat
Variety: Solstice
Area: 80ha (200 acres)
Yield: 7.4-8.6t/ha (3-3.5t/acre)

Crop: Oilseed rape
Variety: Castille
Area: 28ha (70 acres)
Yield: 4t/ha (1.6t/acre)


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