Harvest 09: Pleasing yields in Wilts

Harvest is almost finished in Wiltshire, with just beans and linseed still to cut, according to James Stafford of Pickwick Lodge Farm, Corsham.

With no beans or linseed of his own, he had finished combining winter wheat about 10 days ago.

“Yields have been pleasing, but we cut a lot of it a bit wet, at 16-16.5% moisture, which was annoying. We only had about three days when it was completely dry.”

Oakley winter wheat averaged 9.4t/ha (3.8t/acre), with Alchemy and Robigus yielding 8.6t/ha (3.5t/acre).

“We only grow it as feed, but it had a good bushelweight of about 76kg/hl.”

Westminster and Tipple spring barley yielded 6.8t/ha (2.75t/acre), with the Westminster consigned to the feed bin, and the Tipple looking borderline due to high nitrogen content, said Mr Stafford.

Gerald winter oats proved disappointing, yielding just 6.2t/ha (2.5t/acre), despite a strong bushelweight of 55kg/hl.

Astrid oilseed rape was also disappointing, at 3.2t/ha (1.3t/acre), but Castille did better at 3.9t/ha (1.6t/acre).

Crop: Winter wheat
Variety: Oakley
Yield: 9.4t/ha (3.8t/acre)

Varieties: Alchemy and Robigus
Yield: 8.6t/ha (3.5t/acre)

Crop: Spring barley
Varieties: Westminster and Tipple
Yield: 6.8t/ha (2.75t/acre)

Crop: Winter oats
Variety: Gerald
Yield: 6.2t/ha (2.5t/acre)

Crop: Oilseed rape
Variety: Astrid
Yield: 3.2t/ha (1.3t/acre)

Variety: Castille
Yield: 3.9t/ha (1.6t/acre)


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