Harvest finished early in Suffolk

Carl Driver is feeling rather pleased, having finished harvest near Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk, over a week ago – some 12 days earlier than normal. “We started on July 11 and finished on August 13 so it was quite a condensed harvest,” he said.

“We were lucky – we were only rained off once. We’ve invested in some big kit and this year it has paid off.”

Yields were about 15% down on average, with the Astrid rape making 3.25t/ha (1.3t/acre), the Flagon malting barley averaging 7t/ha (2.8t/acre), and the continuous milling wheat yielding 8.5-9t/ha (3.4-3.6t/acre).

“The Xi 19 and Malacca is all full spec although protein is about 12.8%.” Glasgow second wheat came in at just over 8t/ha (3.2t/acre), with Robigus first wheat at 9-9.5t/ha (3.6-3.8t/acre).

Winter beans grown for seed made 4.5t/ha (1.8t/acre).

Crop: Winter barley
Variety: Flagon
Yield: 7t/ha (2.8t/acre)

Crop: Oilseed rape
Variety: Astrid
Yield 3.25t/ha (1.3t/acre)

Crop: Winter wheat
Varieties: Malacca, Xi 19, Glasgow and Robigus
Yields: 8-9.5t/ha (3.2-3.8t/acre)

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