Harvest 09: Horrendous in Wilts

Harvest is only halfway through at Chapel Farm, West Knoyle, Wiltshire, where Colin Keevil hasn’t even started cutting wheat.

“It’s horrendous – we just can’t get two clear days,” he said.

Although the new combine, capable of cutting 100 acres (40ha) in a day, was a help, the persistent showers meant it was mostly remaining under wraps.

“The spring oilseed rape is starting to shatter, but the wheat is bearing up well at the moment.

Winter oilseed rape had performed very well, coming in dry at 4.25t/ha (1.72t/acre).

Winter barley, where it established properly, yielded 6.8t/ha (2.75t/acre), but patchy crops brought the average down to 5.6t/ha (2.25t/acre).

Crop: Oilseed rape
Varieties: Flash and Lioness
Area: 100ha (250 acres)
Yield: 4.25t/ha (1.72t/acre)

Crop: Winter barley
Yield: 5.6t/ha (2.25t/acre)

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