Harvest 09: Wheat scarcely ripe in SW

Wheat is scarcely ripe in the South West, but early indications of yield and quality are reasonable, according to Ian Eastwood, marketing manager at West Country Grain.

Although farmers in Somerset were making decent progress into wheat, those in Devon and Cornwall were still waiting for it to ripen.

“One or two farmers are wearing out their moisture meters, trying to find crops which are fit to cut,” he said.

“In Somerset, most people seem quite pleased – yields have been reasonable, but there have been some horrendous second wheats.”

On average, wheat was yielding about 9t/ha (3.7t/acre), said Mr Eastwood.

In general, winter barley had been excellent, and oilseed rape had been pleasing, with good oil contents.

Harvest was about halfway through in Somerset, and just 30% complete in Devon and Cornwall, he added.

“So far, so good – but it would be nice if the weather stayed reasonably good for two or three more weeks.”

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