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
Area: 36ha (90 acres)
Yield: <5t/ha (2t/acre)
Crop: Winter wheat
Yield: 7.5t/ha (3t/acre)
Yield: 9t/ha (3.6t/acre)
Yield: 7t/ha (2.8t/acre)
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.