Harvest 2004: Gaining ground

A FINE weekend across most of the UK saw more farmers finishing their harvests, with less use of the drier as moisture contents continue to fall.

The majority of the wheat has been cut in southern England, whilst up in the North and across the border in Scotland there‘s still much to do.

Good progress is being made with remaining bean and linseed crops, while those in a position to do so, are eagerly getting oilseed rape crops into the ground.

David Hinchliffe told FARMERS WEEKLY Harvest highlights that he hopes to finish combining his wheat on Monday afternoon (Sept 6) on his farm near Thorne, Yorks.

250ha (620 acres) of wheat has been harvested already and he plans to cut another 16ha (40 acres) on Monday afternoon. He has been forced to wait after his farm received heavy dew last night.

Mr Hinchliffe is happy with the yields of both his first and second wheats, which yielded between 9 and 10t/ha.

“If the weather remains dry then we‘ll be finished this time next week apart from one field of linseed.”

David Fountain finished harvest on Friday (Sept 3), but is disappointed with the results on his farm near Peterborough, Cambs.

“It‘s a year we want to forget and move on from.”

After Will Cumber finished his 180ha (440 acre) wheat crop, he said he was happy with the majority, which achieved “splendid yields“.

But he was disappointed with his Robigus. “At first it looked tremendous – yields were ok at 8 t/ha (3.24 t/acre), but bushel weights were so low at 60 kg/hl.”

Alistair Morrison said “if we‘d got some decent weather it would have been a tremendous harvest”, on his farm near Perth. He is pleased the wheat and barley yielded well, but is frustrated by “diabolical prices”.

Robert Nicholl finished harvest last Wednesday (Sept 1) after completing 12ha (29 acres) of linseed on his farm near Saxmundham, Suffolk.

According to FWi weather services the bulk of the UK will have dry settled weather, but the East coast is at risk of low cloud being swept in from north-easterly winds.

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