Harvest 09: Wheat nearly ripe in Dorset

Keith Harris expects to start combining his winter wheat at Silton Manor Farming, Gillingham, Dorset, on Sunday, weather permitting.

“It looks a bit thin after a wet winter and dry spring. Not much has been started in the area.”

Mr Harris finished cutting oilseed rape last week, and was pleased with bumper yields of 4.1t/ha (1.7t/acre) off 45ha (111 acres) of Castille and Astrid.

Most people would be finishing rape in the next few days, and winter barley harvest was almost complete, he added.

Crop: Oilseed rape
Varieties: Castille and Astrid
Area: 45ha (111 acres)
Yield: 4.1t/ha (1.7t/acre)

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