Harvest 09: Pleased in Lothian

James Grant-Suttie had a good finish to harvest at Balgone Farms, North Berwick, East Lothian, and is now drilling his winter barley.

“Everything is pretty much cut around here – most people finished towards the end of last week (13 September).”

Viscount as a first wheat yielded an impressive 11t/ha (4.4t/acre) over the combine, and second wheats ranged from 8.5t to 9.5t/ha (3.4-3.8t/acre).

“We’re quite happy with that, particularly when you think how badly it was put in last autumn.”

Quality had been reasonable, and the samples looked nice, he said. “Harvest has ended up better than we expected – we cut very little over 20% moisture.”

Most of the wheat had been cut in the area, leaving some spring wheat, spring rape and beans to finish off.”

Crop: Winter wheat
Variety: Viscount. Alchemy and Riband
Area: 263ha (650 acres)
Yield: 8.5-11t/ha (3.4-4.4t/acre)

Crop: Spring barley
Varieties: Optic and Oxbridge
Area: 160ha (400 acres)
Yield: 6.7-6.9t/ha (2.7-2.8t/acre)

Crop: Winter barley
Variety: Pearl
Yield: 8.7t/ha (3.5t/acre)

Crop: Oilseed rape
Variety: Excalibur
Yield: 4.5t/ha (1.8t/acre)

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Duxford winter wheat is an HGCA Recommended List 2009/10 variety with very high UK treated yields and a maximum 9 rating for resistance to lodging with and without PGR. Combined with the highest second wheat yield and a balanced disease resistance profile, Duxford will continue to help UK growers meet the challenge of producing more grain profitably.

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