Harvest 09: Mixed yields at Bunwell

Harvest is almost finished in Norfolk, with just a few beans to finish off, according to Kevin Gedge of Lilac Farm, Bunwell, Norwich.

Wheat yields had been very variable, with Alchemy as an early-drilled first wheat pushing 12.4t/ha (5t/acre), but dropping to 7.4t/ha (3t/acre) as a second wheat, he said.

“I’ve never had to sell wheat before because I can’t hold it in the store, and I’ve had to this year, which can’t be bad.”

Generally, quality was good, with the exception of one field drilled in January on a frost. “Maybe I should have cut it a few days later.”

Tipple spring barley yielded well on heavy land, at 7.4t/ha (3t/acre), but performed less well on the lighter land, bringing the average down to about 6.7t/ha (2.7t/acre).

With little malting demand it had gone for seed, said Mr Gedge.

Flagon winter barley all made the malting grade, and yielded 7.1t/ha (2.87t/acre).

Astrid oilseed rape averaged 4.1t/ha (1.65t/acre), and the Castille for next year was all drilled and 80% through, he added.

Crop: Winter wheat
Variety: Alchemy
Area: 53ha (130 acres)
Yield: 7.4-12.4t/ha (3-5t/acre)

Crop: Spring barley
Variety: Tipple
Yield: 6.7t/ha (2.7t/acre)

Crop: Winter barley
Variety: Flagon
Area: 22ha (55 acres)
Yield: 7.1t/ha (2.87t/acre)

Crop: Oilseed rape
Variety: Astrid
Yield: 4.1t/ha (1.65t/acre)

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