Harvest 09: Pleasing yields in Richmond

Winter wheat has done well at Phil Dowson’s High House Farm, Richmond, North Yorkshire.

“It’s been a frustrating, stop-start harvest, but we got a decent final week of sunny weather. It’s just the prices that are the biggest downer.”

First wheats averaged about 10t/ha (4t/acre), while second wheats came in at about 7.4t/ha (3t/acre).

“The Viscount did really well – I was very pleased with that.”

Optic spring barley averaged 6.2t/ha (2.5t/acre), with spring oilseed rape producing 32t off 12ha (30 acres).

“We cut the rape at 18% moisture, so it will cost a bit to dry – but we had to get it cut.”

Most people had finished harvest in the area, with just a few spring beans to tidy up.

Crop: Spring barley
Variety: Optic
Area: 4ha (10 acres)
Yield: 6.2t/ha (2.5t/acre)

Crop: Spring oilseed rape
Area: 12ha (30 acres)
Yield: 2.7t/ha (1.1t/acre)

Crop: Winter wheat
Variety: Oakley and Viscount
Area: 57ha (140 acres)
Yield: 7.4-10t/ha (3-4t/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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