Harvest 09: Spring OSR left in Berks

Spring oilseed rape is all that’s left to finish up for Stephen Whitby from Rowley Farm, Wexham, Berkshire.

“It’s been a frustrating harvest and a real mixed bag,” he said. “The light land really suffered in the drought in June – so crops on the heavier land did better.”

Yields ranged from 5t to 10t/ha (2-4t/acre) within the same field, he said. Soissons averaged a reasonable 7.5t/ha (3t/acre), and all made milling quality.

“Glasgow did very well as a second wheat, yielding 9t/ha (3.6t/acre), but Battalion was disappointing, at 7t/ha (2.8t/acre).”

Fuego spring beans were also pleasing, averaging almost 5t/ha (2t/acre).

Yesterday’s (2 September) rain was very welcome, following sowing of oilseed rape, he added.

Crop: Spring beans
Variety: Fuego
Area: 36ha (90 acres)
Yield: <5t/ha (2t/acre)

Crop: Winter wheat
Variety: Soissons
Yield: 7.5t/ha (3t/acre)

Variety: Glasgow
Yield: 9t/ha (3.6t/acre)

Variety: Battalion
Yield: 7t/ha (2.8t/acre)

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